Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the eastern edge of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Federico Pizano
THP 1-16-120 HUM (TT 100/200 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 348 acres; 44% clearcut, 38% commercial thin, 13% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Lower Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.21, 22, 27, 28, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, pacific fisher, old growth bat tree, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, Del Norte salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/28/16. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,840 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western red cedar and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are shallow rapid and deep seated landslide terrain sites in units B, C, D, E, F, I and landslide terrain sites adjacent to the TT-100 and TT-200 roads. Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Pacific fisher was reported inside unit F during a 1991 survey, and potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of the CL South Road and TT-100 Road.  There is a 10 foot diameter old growth tree with hollows that will be retained as a Townsend's Big Eared bat tree in unit C.  Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur in or around units D, F and G, and Del Norte salamander's were reported in units D (1990) and G (1992) during past surveys.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .25 miles of units B, C and I, and within .5 miles of unit A.

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