Sunday, January 18, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Redwood National Park.

PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-14-136 HUM (Bald Hills 14 #2 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 164 acres; 60% clearcut, 24% selection, 12% no-harvest, 4% roadside logging.  Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.2, 3, 4, 10, 11; T10N R2E Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, Redwood National Park, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, tree vole sighting in unit D, tailed frog sightings in unit C, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead sightings in unit B, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park (units A and D are adjacent).  The THP area drains into the Klamath River which is an impaired watershed that contains coastal cutthroat trout, steelhead, chinook and coho salmon.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There is a unstable headwall swale below a road in unit B, and an unstable area caused by multiple skid trails bisecting a watercourse in unit C.  Construction of a seasonal road is proposed inside a class II watercourse to access unit C.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, and road bed stabilization of washed out crossings, sinkholes and fill failures.  Coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead were reported to be in Roach Creek adjacent to unit B, and coastal tailed frogs were located adjacent to unit C.  There was a tree vole sighting in unit D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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