Thursday, July 10, 2014

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

THP 1-14-070 DEL (Moore Tract 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 231.5 acres; 73% clearcut, 14% selection, 12% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Elk Creek, West Fork Illinois River (HUM: T18N R4E Sec.2, 3, 4, 11, 12; T19N R4E Sec.34).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 2 oversized units, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, coastal cutthroat trout and southern torrent salamander in unit G, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/14. VIEW

This THP is 7.5 miles south of the town of O’Brien, OR near the Highway 199 Randolph Collier Tunnel at the CA/OR border.  The THP area drains into Oregon down the West Fork of the Illinois River.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, sugar pine and Port Orford cedar forests. There are multiple landslide and road failure sites including fill failures, debris slides, and cut bank failures mostly related to poorly placed 1950’s skid trails. 4,150 feet of new seasonal roads are planned, 1,945 feet of new temporary roads are planned, and there are 4 roads proposed with short steep segments between 15% to 22% grade, and 2 roads proposed on steep slopes over 65% grade.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  The THP contains 4 sensitive plant species including; Oregon goldthread, Marbled wild-ginger, Bald Mountain milk-vetch and Howell’s fawn lily which are located within flagged plant protection zones. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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