Saturday, August 6, 2016

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

PANORAMIO Photo By phillis1
THP 1-16-072 DEL (MG450 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 168 acres; 42% clearcut, 33% commercial thin, 22% no-harvest, 3% selection logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.25, 26, 27, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/15/16. VIEW

This THP is a few miles south of the town of Klamath, CA, where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean, and a mile east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 60 to 1,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation 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, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  A bald eagle nest is located within 120 feet of the Klamath River and .42 mi east of the MG-400 haul road, and 8 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of seasonal roads and the MG-10 haul road. There is a great blue heron rockery 1.3 miles NE of the THP area, and a 12 foot dbh redwood tree with a large cavity will be preserved as a bat tree that is located 70 feet from the boundary of unit D.

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