Thursday, January 9, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near Redwood National Park.

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THP 1-13-128 HUM (# 596 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 130 acres; 71% clearcut, 19% selection, 9% no-harvest logging.  Surpur Creek, Lost Man Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.4, 5, 8, 9).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, adjacent to redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, marbled murrelet within 1 mi, pityopus californicus, trailing black currant, trees up to 108" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/27/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA between the Pacific Ocean and Klamath River at an elevation of 680 to 2,080 feet.  Units B and D are adjacent to Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock and western red cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as impaired for nutrients, temperature and dissolved oxygen.  There are 2 landslide terrain features including a shallow landslide in unit C, and a steep head wall swale in unit D.  A marbled murrelet stand is located within 1 mi of the THP area on Redwood National Park lands, and a bald eagle nest is located within 2 miles of the THP area.  Pityopus Californicus was found in unit A, and trailing black currant was found in units B and D.  There is a spotted owl territory within .25 mi of unit C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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