Friday, June 27, 2014

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

PANORAMIO Photo By bob19
THP 1-14-065 DEL (T10 Upper Four 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 237 acres; 78% clearcut, 19% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Lower Turwar Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.23, 24, 25; T14N R2E Sec.19, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, herbicides, oversized unit, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, southern torrent salamander in units D and G, purple martin colony within .25 mi of unit A, trees up to 38" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3.5 miles NE of the town of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 1,840 feet.  The THP area drains into the Klamath River which is listed as impaired for nutrients, temperature and dissolved oxygen.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  There are 6 landslide terrain sites; including 2 shallow rapid landslide features in unit B, and 4 shallow rapid landslide features in unit C.  5,790 feet of road is planned for construction; including 3,290 feet of temporary road construction, and 2,500 feet of seasonal road construction.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 mi of units C,D and E, and spotted owl sites within .25 miles of units C,D and E, and .5 mi of units A and B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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