Monday, April 25, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of the town of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.

PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-16-027 DEL (KM 850 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 145 acres; 78% clearcut, 11% selection, 9% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek, Hoppow Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.6; T14N R1E Sec.36; T14N R2E Sec.19, 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, Indian pipe, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/03/16. VIEW

This THP is 3.25 miles NE of Klamath, CA and about 3.25 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 640 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and micronutrients.  There are landslide terrain sites in units A, C, F and G; including a large active debris slide along the southern portion of unit F, and multiple road failure sites including cut slope failures above and below the T-150 road system in unit C, and cut slope and fill failures along a road in unit G.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, sink hole repair, bank stabilization and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 osprey nests within .25 mi of the mainline T10 haul road, and 2 marbled murrelet stands within 300 feet and .25 miles of the T10 haul road, and within .25 miles of unit B.  Sharp shinned hawk nest sites are located 1.34 miles east of unit C, and 2.13 miles west of unit A.  Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs have been reported within the Turwar Creek and Hoppaw Creek watersheds.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of unit B.  Indian pipe was located in unit C.