Thursday, January 19, 2017

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


PANORAMIC Photo By snoodoons
THP 1-16-129 HUM (CL North THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 88.5 acres; 59% clearcut, 34% selection, 6% no-harvest logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Redwood National Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Klamath, CA and just east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park (units A and D are adjacent) at an elevation of 880 to 1,650 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  A Special Treatment Area (STA) has been designated to hide the effects of clearcutting along the boundary of Redwood National Park with units A and D.  6 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are bald eagle and osprey nesting territories 2.5 miles east of the THP area along the Klamath River, and an historic great blue heron rockery 2.2 miles east of the THP area. Marbled murrelet habitat is located within .25 miles of unit A in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and the CL North Road.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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