Sunday, July 24, 2016

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

PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-16-064 DEL (T-200 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 188 acres; 57% commercial thin, 22% clearcut, 11% selection, 7% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Lower West Fork Hunter Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.25, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 3 old growth bat trees, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, Del Norte salamander, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles north of the town of Klamath, CA and a few miles east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for nutrients, temperature, dissolved oxygen and sediment.  Construction of 300 feet of seasonal road is proposed across two areas with steep slopes exceeding 65% grade. There are 3 osprey nests located within .25 mi of the T-10 haul road, and haul roads T-10, T200 and H110 pass within .25 mi to 1,200 feet of 4 marbled murrelet stands.  A Sharp Shinned Hawk nest site was located within unit A in 2016, a Del Norte Salamander sighting was reported within unit C in 1990, and 3 old growth bat trees will be retained as habitat for Townsend's big eared bats.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units A and B, and within .5 miles of unit C.

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