Friday, July 3, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the mouth of the Klamath River.


PANORAMIC Photo By Jacob Pounds
THP 1-15-060 DEL (B10 13/18 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 67.5 acres; 87% clearcut, 13% no-harvest logging.  Lower Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.8).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 bald eagle territories within 2.24 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is within a few miles of the towns of Klamath and Klamath Glen where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and western cedar forests at an elevation of 400 to 1,800 feet. The THP area drains down Turwar Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead.  There are seven landslide terrain sites in the NE portion of unit C, located within the 4.5 acre no harvest area.  Two bald eagle territories were reported to be 2.24 mi south of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs have been spotted along Turwar Creek.  A marbled murrelet stand is located within 300 feet of the A10 haul road, and 1 mile north of the THP area.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units A, B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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