|PANORAMIO Photo By Gregg Phipps|
This THP is a few miles east of Smith River, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,300 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. There are shallow rapid landslides in units A, E, F, G and H, and a deep seated landslide in unit B. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and construct 150 feet of temporary road on slopes exceeding 20% grade in unit H. 23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement. There is an historic (1974) report of a bald eagle nest tree greater than .5 miles west of the THP area. In 2008, Del Norte Salamanders were reported in or near units B, C, D, E, F and G, and a coastal tailed frog was spotted immediately adjacent to unit D in the THP area. There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units C and D, and within .5 miles of units B and E.