Friday, February 14, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near the CA/OR border.


PANORAMIO Photo By MaxFarrar
THP 1-14-011 DEL (598 Bear Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 213 acres; 60% clearcut, 23% no-harvest, 16% selection, 1% roads logging.  Upper Bear Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.4, 5; T19N R1E Sec.32, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, herbicides, packsaddle roadless area, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, indian pipe, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/19/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and adjacent to the CA/OR state line border and the packsaddle roadless area.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There are 4 shallow rapid landslides in unit A, 1 landslide in unit B related to a failed stream crossing, 8 shallow rapid landslides in unit C, and 3 shallow rapid landslides and 1 deep seated landslide in unit D.  There are also multiple misc fill failures and cut bank failures mostly related to stream crossings along roads.  Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing to re-construct 75 feet of road within a class II spring in unit B, use existing roads to yard logs within a class II watercourse in units B and D, and use ground based equipment on 200 feet of existing skid road within an area designated for cable logging in unit C.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization.  Populations of indian pipe were reported in unit E, and there are spotted owls within .25 mi of unit D, and .5 mi of units A,B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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