Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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


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THP 1-16-074 DEL (R1400/1000 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 315.5 acres; 65% clearcut, 14% selection, 13% no-harvest, 7% commercial thin, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, Upper Rowdy Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.4, 8, 9, 16, 21).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 3 road drainage work sites, packsaddle roadless area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, old growth bat tree, Del Norte salamander, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/22/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of the town of Smith River and a few miles south of the California/Oregon border at an elevation of 200 to 1,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are unstable areas (shallow rapid landslides) located in units B, C, G and H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 150 feet of seasonal road on slopes over 65% grade in unit D.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists in the packsaddle roadless area within 300 feet of unit C on USFS land, and within .25 miles of seasonal roads in unit C.  A Del Norte salamander was reported in 2010 in unit E, tailed frogs were reported within or adjacent to units C and D, and southern torrent salamanders were reported within or adjacent to units A, C, D, and E.  There is a 7 foot diameter old growth tree in unit C that will be retained as a potential Townsend's big eared bat tree.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of units C, E, F, G and H.

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