Monday, July 29, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of the town of Smith River, CA.

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THP 1-19-100 DEL (Ravine Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 271.5 acres; 41% commercial thinning, 34% clearcut, 12% no-harvest, 11% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, South Fork Winchuck River, Savoy Creek, Upper Bear Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec 4, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, oversized units, Packsaddle Roadless Area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Del Norte salamander, southern torrent salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 1.5 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 1,800 feet (sections 4 and 9 are adjacent to the Packsaddle Roadless Area).  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Smith River, and has 11 unstable areas in units A, B, C and E including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B, 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit E.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on USFS land .85 miles east of unit C.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units A, D and F, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Rowdy Creek immediately adjacent to unit E, and In 2008, a Del Norte salamander was observed in close proximity (unspecified) to unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit D.

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