Saturday, May 21, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Crescent City, CA

PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-16-037 DEL (H-370 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 107 acres; 74% clearcut, 23% no-harvest, 3% selection logging.  Upper West Fork Hunter Creek, North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T15N R1E Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes over 65%, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Crescent City, CA and just SE of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 800 to 1,640 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut 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.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites located along the northern and eastern boundaries of unit B, and disrupted ground in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade within unit A on designated skid trails.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is an osprey nest site within .25 miles of the W10 haul road, and a marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the H200 haul road and within 300 feet of the W10 haul road.

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