|PANORAMIO By Gregg Phipps|
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.