Friday, March 11, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Klamath River.

PANORAMIO Photo By Hagemeister
THP 1-16-019 DEL (SA 1200/500 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 146.1 acres; 93% commercial thin, 7% no-harvest logging.  Tarup Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.6; T13N R2E Sec.31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 60%, road failure sites, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/05/16. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SE of the towns of Klamath and Klamath Glen where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean near Highway 101.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as impaired for dissolved oxygen, temperature and nutrients.  There are multiple road failure sites including 2 small cut bank failures on the SA-500 road south of unit B, cut bank and fill slope failures on the northern portion of the SA-500 road in unit B, cut bank and fill slope failures on the SA-500 41R road segment, and 3 road points with cut slope and fill failures.  Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing to re-construct several road segments across unstable areas with cut bank and fill failures.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement, and restoration of sinkhole/washed out crossings.  There are 2 bald eagle territories 1.9 mi NW and 1.3 mi NE of the THP area, and there is a historic great blue heron rockery 1.9 miles NW of the THP area.  Haul road SA-10 (S Line Road) comes within 830 feet of potential marbled murrelet habitat.

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