Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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

PANORAMIC Photo By Sergey Yarmolyuk
THP 1-16-111 DEL (Moore Tract East THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 235.6 acres; 62% clearcut, 19% shelterwood, 13% selection, 4% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  Elk Creek (HUM: T18N R4E Sec.1, 2, 12; T18N R5E Sec.6; T19N R4E Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marten, ruffed grouse, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 7.5 miles south of O Brien, Oregon and adjacent to the CA/OR border at an elevation of 1,800 to 4,880 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep slopes in Douglas fir, sugar pine, and Port Orford cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the West Fork of the Illinois River in Oregon which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, PH and temperature.  There are steep road segments between 15% grade and 20% grade for 200 feet to 500 feet in units C, E, F and G, and steep road segments on slopes over 65% within 100 feet of a watercourse in units B, C, D and E.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging, and a landing is proposed for use inside a watercourse area in unit B.  Over 11,312 feet of seasonal roads and 6,263 feet of temporary roads will be built inside the THP area.  14 road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Marten was detected inside unit G, within 100 feet of unit D, and within 1.25 miles of units A, B, C, E, and F, and ruffed grouse has been spotted inside units F and G.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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