Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Smith River, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Gregg Phipps
THP 1-17-108 DEL (Rowdy Divide THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 266 acres; 65% clearcut, 23% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, Savoy Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.17, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 23 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, Del Norte salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/02/17. VIEW

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.

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