Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near the CA/OR border.


PANORAMIC Photo By MaxFarrar
THP 1-15-069 DEL (W-1105 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 200.8 acres; 41% commercial thin, 33% clearcut, 18% selection, 8% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. S. Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1W Sec.3; T19N R1W Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 26 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, Del Norte salamander sightings in units A & B, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, marbled murrelet and fisher habitat nearby, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/13/15. VIEW

This THP is 3 miles NE of Smith River, CA and 2 miles SE of Brookings, OR near the CA/OR border at an elevation of 40 to 810 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock, grand fir, western red cedar and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area drains into the Winchuck River which contains steelhead, coho, and chinook salmon and flows into the Pacific Ocean.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites outside of THP units including unstable areas to the west and east of unit D, steep inner gorges along the eastern edge of unit A, an unstable area downslope of unit E, and a debris shoot west of unit F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary road along the outer zone of a watercourse in unit A, and construct a seasonal road on slopes over 50% grade within 100 feet of a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  They also want to re-construct 550 feet of seasonal Road W-1003 which exceeds 15% grade, and 8 shorter segments of roads over 200 feet that exceed 15% grade.  The THP includes 2,790 feet of new seasonal road construction, 4,810 feet of temporary road construction, and 26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings. Southern torrent salamander and tailed frogs were reported along the South Fork of the Winchuck River watershed.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units C and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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