Friday, May 12, 2017

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


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THP 1-17-043 DEL (Bear Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 425.5 acres; 40% commercial thin, 32% clearcut, 16% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Bear Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.4, 5, 6; T19N R1E Sec.31, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, oversized units, herbicides, packsaddle roadless area, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamanders, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/15/17. VIEW

This THP is within a mile of the CA/OR border, and about 4.5 miles NE of Smith River, California  and Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 1,680 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A, B, C, D, F, G, H, I, J, deep seated landslide terrain sites in units B, C, G, H and 2 headwall swales in units A and I.  The Packsaddle roadless area is adjacent to sections 3 and 33.  18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Six Rivers National Forest lands, Siskiyou National Forest Lands and Oregon State Lands within 300 feet of units A and D, within .25 miles of units B, H and I and within .25 miles of several haul roads.  Southern torrent salamanders were reported within and immediately adjacent to unit I, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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