Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.


PANORAMIC Photo By Damon Tighe
THP 1-16-023 DEL (D-10 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 256.5 acres; 57% commercial thin, 18% clearcut, 14% no-harvest, 7% sanitation salvage, 4% selection, 1% special logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.15, 16, 21, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 04/25/16. VIEW

This THP is 1.5 miles south of the town of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 near Redwood National Park at an elevation of 37 to 900 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen (unit B is adjacent to the Klamath River).  There are 20 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 7 sites in unit B, 10 sites in unit C, 2 sites in unit E, and 1 site in unit F.  Most of the landslide terrain sites are related to failures along roads and skid trails, and within steep watercourse areas.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use heavy equipment on an unstable area along the D-120 road to fix a failing watercourse crossing.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement, sinkhole, cut bank/fill failures and restoration of washed out crossings. There are 5 marbled murrelet stands close to the THP area including 1 stand within .25 mi of unit B, 1 stand within .25 mi of units F and G, and within .25 mi of unit A on Redwood National Park property.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units A, B, C, and within .5 mi of units D and E.

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