Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 72” dbh near Klamath, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-15-045 DEL (Hunter Creek West THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 231 acres; 58% clearcut, 31% commercial thin, 6% selection, 5% no-harvest logging.  Upper West Fork Hunter Creek, Lower West Fork Hunter Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 15).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, fisher sighting in unit B, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings in units D and E, sharp shinned hawk nest within .95 mi, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/24/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles north of the town of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 300 to 1,600 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in a redwood, Douglas fir and hemlock forests. Trees within the clearcut portion of unit E, have diameters of 16-72 inches DBH, with an average of approximately 26 inches. The THP area drains down Hunter Creek to the Klamath River which supports coho, steelhead, resident rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout. Shallow rapid landslide terrain is located inside and adjacent to units A,C,D,E and F. There are 4 road failure sites including a an existing seasonal road located adjacent to a cutback slide and outboard fill failure, an existing seasonal road adjacent to an unstable area on a cutback hillslope, a watercourse crossing adjacent to a cutslope slide, and a steep cutslope on a main haul road near the northern boundary of unit C.  There are 16 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit E, and .5 mi of units A & D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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