Saturday, October 27, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes along the CA/OR border.


PANORAMIC Photo By Heather Myers
THP 1-18-106 DEL (South Fork Winchuck THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 225 acres; 65% clearcut, 29% selection, 6% no-harvest logging.  Gilbert Creek, S Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R01W Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 9; 19N R01W Sec 33 , 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, oversized units, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, Del Norte salamander, trees up to 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/09/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles north of Crescent City, CA along the California/Oregon state line border at an elevation of 140 to 1,080 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 9 landslide terrain sites including; 1 deep seated landslide and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit E, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit F. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct a seasonal road exceeding 15% to 20% grade for a distance of 500 feet or greater to access unit A, and construct a seasonal road exceeding 15% grade for a distance of 500 feet or greater to access unit F.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the WI-1000 Road on Siskiyou National Forest and Oregon State lands.  In 2008, Del Norte salamanders were spotted in or near units A, C, D, E and F, and in 2008, Del Norte salamanders were reported within the vicinity of units B, C, D, E and F.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or adjacent to unit E, and within .5 miles of units B, C, D and F.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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