Sunday, August 30, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.

PANORAMIO Photo By Federico Pizano
THP 1-15-082 HUM (CL South THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 298 acres; 68% clearcut, 16% selection, 14% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Surpur Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, redwood national park, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, del norte salamander in unit C, marbled murrelet habitat within .25 mi, bald eagle nest within 1.8 mi, southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs near unit B, C and D, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Orick, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park (unit B is adjacent) at an elevation of 760 to 1,840 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  The THP area drains down Surpur Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. There are 25 unstable areas in units B, D, F, G and H, and 3 road failure sites including a channelized road bed, a road with a fillslope failure and a washed out road. Four acres of special treatment area are planned to hide the effects of clearcutting adjacent to Redwood National Park, and 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a bald eagle nest 1.8 mi NE of the THP area, and marbled murrelet habitat is located within .25 mi of unit B, Holter Ridge Road, and haul road CL South 85R.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of unit F, and .5 mi of units D and E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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