Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Redwood National Park.

PANORAMIC Photo By Mike Marler
THP 1-15-050 HUM (Hancorne 2015 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 130 acres; 79% clearcut, 15% selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Roach Creek, Upper Roach Creek, Mettah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.22, 23, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, cutthroat trout in units B and C, southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs in units C and E, marbled murrelet within 1.8 mi, osprey and fisher sightings nearby, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/04/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles east of Redwood National Park between Orick and Weitchpec near the Bald Hills Road at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,275 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows eastward into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains Coho, Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are multiple shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units B, C and D, and 300 feet of steep temporary road exceeding 20% grade is proposed to access unit E.  Seven road drainage work sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .5 mi of Unit C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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