Sunday, February 3, 2019

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

PANORAMIO Photo By Heather Myers
THP 1-18-195 DEL (Gilbert Winchuck THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 194.5 acres; 54% clearcut, 38% selection, 5% commercial thinning, 3% no-harvest logging. Dominie Creek, Gilbert Creek, South Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1W Sec 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 23; T19N R1W Sec 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 20 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, great blue heron, bank swallow, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/14/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about a mile north of the town of Smith River, CA and a few miles south of the CA/OR border at an elevation of 30 to 1,040 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 and Sitka spruce forests.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 deep seated landslide terrain site, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, a shallow rapid landslide terrain site and road failure site (WI-1420 Road) in unit B, a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit D, and a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment on an unstable area to re-open the WI-1420 Road, and re-construct a steep segment of seasonal road in unit B exceeding 20% grade for over 200 feet.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located on SIskiyou National Park lands within .25 miles of the WI-1000 Road, two great blue heron rockeries are located greater than .5 miles SW of unit F, and a bank swallow nesting colony is located at Lopez Creek, 1.6 miles west of unit H.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit G, and within .5 miles of unit B.

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