Monday, August 29, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the town of Smith River, CA.


PANORAMIO By Gregg Phipps
THP 1-16-088 DEL (1110/1160 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 297 acres; 50% clearcut, 16% commercial thin, 14% selection, 11% sanitation salvage, 8% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Gilbert Creek, Lower Rowdy Creek, Savoy Creek, Dominie Creek (HUM: T18N R1W Sec.9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 24).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 2 old growth bat trees, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/08/16. VIEW

This THP is about a mile north of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 near the CA/OR border.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in western hemlock, redwood, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir forests.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites within a class II (mid sized) watercourse along the northern boundary of unit H. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a historic bald eagle nest (1974) .5 mi south of unit I, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B, E and H.  Two old growth trees will be retained as Townsend's Big Eared bat trees including a 45" dbh western hemlock tree, and a 52" dbh Sitka spruce tree within unit D.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of units F, G and I.

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