Sunday, December 25, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Klamath River and Klamath, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By spewydog
THP 1-16-122 DEL (Tarup II THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 335 acres; 67% clearcut, 15% selection, 13% shelterwood, 4% no-harvest logging.  Trail Creek, McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.25, 36; T13N R2E Sec.19, 20, 29, 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain,15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/06/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 near the Klamath River at an elevation of 200 to 1,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites including an unstable area in unit B, 3 unstable areas in unit D, and an unstable area in unit H.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Three bald eagle nests are located within .5 miles of the THP area including a bald eagle within .5 miles of unit A, a bald eagle nest within .5 miles of units A and C, and a bald eagle nest within .5 miles of units B and D.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  There are 14 osprey nest sites within .25 miles of the THP area, a great blue heron rockery is located 350 feet east of the mainline MG-10 Road, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit H.  Four spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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