Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Klamath, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By snoodoons
THP 1-16-110 HUM (CL 1800 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 302 acres; 48% commercial thin, 34% clearcut, 9% selection, 9% no-harvest logging.  Bear Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.21, 22, 27, 28, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, tailed frog, trees up to 30" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Klamath, CA and a few miles east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 300 to 1,840 feet.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, dissolved oxygen, nutrients and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock and Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  There are 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in the THP area.  A section of steep road is proposed for re-construction in unit A that will exceed 20% grade, and a section of road will be re-constructed near a watercourse area on 35% slopes in unit E.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Five bald eagle nests are located within .5 miles of the THP area and several haul roads (within 200 to 2,500 feet of units C, E, F and G).  Two historic osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the BL1800 haul road, and 1 historic osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the CL1040 haul road.  A historic great blue heron rockery exists 315 feet south of unit B, and within .25 miles of units C, D, and E, and several haul roads.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of unit A, within .5 mi of unit B, and tailed frogs are known to occur inside and adjacent to unit H.

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