Friday, July 3, 2015

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

PANORAMIC Photo By Kethaneni
THP 1-15-057 HUM (Holter Ridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 175.2 acres; 57% clearcut, 26% selection, 13% no-harvest, 4% no-harvest logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Lower Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.27, 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 42 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sightings in unit B, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings in Tectah Creek, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles east of Orick, CA, just east of the Redwood National Park boundary at an elevation of 520 to 2,100 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area drains down Tectah Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. To hide the effects of clearcutting, there will be a light cut within 200 feet of the boundary with Redwood National Park (units A, B and C).  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain in units B, C and D, and multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures and road bed channeling.  42 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  The THP includes over 7,800 feet of seasonal road construction, and 11,352 feet of seasonal road re-construction. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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