Thursday, November 14, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log by the CA/OR Border.


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THP  1-19-158 DEL (Winchuck 1900 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 257 acres; 57% clearcut, 20% selection, 13% commercial thin, 9% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Gilbert Creek, South Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1E Sec 6, 7; T18N R1W Sec 1,3, 4; T19N R1W Sec 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, red tree vole, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles north of the town of Smith River, CA, and about 1 mile east of Highway 101 by the CA/OR border at an elevation of 100 to 1,800 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests.  There are 16 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites within and adjacent to units A, B, C, E and G. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use a short segment of steep road exceeding 20% grade for 75 feet in Unit A. 15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on SIskiyou National Forest lands 323 feet north of unit A and within .25 miles of the W-1000 Road.  In 1995, red tree voles were observed inside unit B, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur near unit B along the South Fork of the Winchuck River. Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units E, F and G, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B and G.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit B, and within .5 miles of units A, C, E, F and G.

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