Thursday, December 1, 2016

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


PANORAMIO Photo By Heather Myers
THP 1-16-115 DEL (1000/1600 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 250 acres; 33% clearcut, 28% commercial thin, 27% selection, 12% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  S. Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.6, 7; T18N R1W Sec.1, 12; T19N R1E Sec.31; T19N R1W Sec.35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/19/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 near the CA/OR border at an elevation of 140 to 1,080 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 13 landslide terrain sites including a shallow rapid landslide along the eastern edge of unit A, 3 shallow rapid landslides in unit E, 3 shallow rapid landslides in unit F, and 6 shallow rapid landslides in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct and re-construct steep roads over 15% grade and/or pitches exceeding 20% grade for 500 feet in units C, D and G, and construct and re-construct steep roads on slopes over 65%, and/or on slopes over 50% within 100 feet of a watercourse in units C and E.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of units A, B, C, D, E and F in Oregon on Siskiyou National Forest lands, and within .25 miles of the WI-1000 road.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of unit D.

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