Thursday, December 26, 2019

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


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THP 1-19-199 DEL (Rowdy 1210 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 137 acres; 66% clearcut, 27% selection, 6% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec 17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain sites, 8 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101, and about 3 miles south of the CA/OR border at an elevation of 200 to 1,600 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 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units B (2) and E, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit C. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and construct 3 temporary roads segments inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area within unit B.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur at Rowdy Creek within .25 miles of unit E, and within .5 miles of unit F.  In 2008, a Del Norte salamander was reported within .6 miles of units E and F, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit F.

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