Saturday, September 24, 2016

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist 
THP 1-16-091 HUM (Upper Tectah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 250.5 acres; 62% clearcut, 36% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.8, 9, 16, 17, 20, 21, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/11/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5.5 miles SE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern edge of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 160 to 1,040 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, Sitka spruce, Monterey pine, 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, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 13 landslide terrain sites including 6 unstable areas in unit A, 1 unstable area in unit B, 2 unstable areas in unit C, 1 unstable area in unit D, and 3 unstable areas in unit E.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sinkholes.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the mainline TT-100 road on Redwood National Park Lands and along the paved Bald Hills Road.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit C.

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