Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to log Port Orford Cedar stands NE of Crescent City, CA.

Port Orford Cedar Photo By USDA Forest Service
THP 1-18-158 DEL (94-1801 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 385 acres; 72% clearcut, 23% selection, 4% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging. Little Mill Creek (HUM: T17N R1E Sec 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 36 road drainage work sites, oversized units, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Crescent City, CA, and about 2 miles east of Fort Dick, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 1,400 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar and Port Orford cedar. There is 1 deep seated landslide terrain site, and 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites within and adjacent to unit D, and shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A, F, G, K and L.  Port Orford cedar root rot is present in units G and I, and there are wet areas in units A, C and F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment to construct 2,200 feet of temporary road across an unstable area in unit D.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park lands 1.1 miles south of the THP area, and on Forest Service lands .6 miles SE of unit M.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 1,500 feet west of unit A.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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