Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Smith River.

PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Phipps
THP 1-15-048 DEL (DO 1900 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 268 acres; 52% clearcut, 30% selection, 15% commercial thin, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  S. Fork Winchuck River, Lower Rowdy Creek, Dominie Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.7, 18; T18N R1W Sec.11, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%,  landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings, bald eagle within 2.5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/01/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 near the CA/OR border at an elevation of 500 to 1,650 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in  in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area drains into the South Fork of the Winchuck River and Domaine Creek which flows into the Smith River.  There are 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit E.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout occur in Domaine Creek, and southern torrent salamander and tailed frogs are known to occur in class II (mid-sized streams) in units B,D,E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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