Saturday, May 21, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-16-036 HUM (CL-800 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 168 acres; 69% clearcut, 26% selection, 5% no-harvest logging. Surpur Creek, Bear Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.3, 4, 5, T12N R2E Sec.32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/29/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA and about 9 miles SE of Klamath, CA just east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 300 to 1,840 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western red cedar and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There is 1 shallow rapid landslide in unit A, 2 shallow rapid landslides in unit B, 5 shallow rapid landslides and an unstable perched fill off an old landing in unit C, and 2 shallow rapid landslides in unit D.  There are also 4 road failure sites where water has been diverted down the road bed resulting in fill failures that will need to be re-constructed.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct the CL-1040 Road within a watercourse inside unit A, and construct a steep road on slopes over 65% within unit B.  Six 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 within unit B, within .25 mi of unit E, within .25 mi of the CL-1040 Road, and a second osprey nest within .25 mi of the CL-1040 and CL-1800 roads.  A bald eagle nest is located within 120 feet of the Klamath River, within .45 miles of the CL-1800 Road, and a second bald eagle nest is located within 100 feet of the Klamath River, and within .44 miles of the CL-1890 Road.  There is a great blue heron rockery 1.2 miles north of unit E.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .35 mi of units B, C and D, and within .5 mi of units A and E.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently submitted Miley's Thin THP 1-16-008 HUM.

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