Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Klamath, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By spewydog
THP 1-13-134 HUM (597 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 204 acres; 55% clearcut, 28% shelterwood, 16% selection logging.  Tarup Creek, McGarvey Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec.1, 2, 12, 13; HUM: T12N R2E Sec.5).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/04/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 near Redwood National Park at an elevation of 560 to 1,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation with a significant amount of clearcutting on steep and unstable soils in redwood, Douglas fir, hemlock and western red cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the Klamath River which is listed as impaired for sediment, nutrients, dissolved oxygen and temperature.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites including active and dormant slides; and 7 misc road failure sites including fill failures, slumping, cracking, diversions and the formation of sink holes.  Over 11,505 feet of new temporary and seasonal road construction is planned.  Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing to use a road as a landing in a class II watercourse in unit E, construct 3 spur roads on steep slopes over 20% grade in units D and F, and re-construct a road within a watercourse in Unit F.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located within .38 mi of the THP area on Redwood National Park lands, and there are spotted owl sites within .25 mi of units B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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