Friday, January 20, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh east of Redwood National Park.

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THP 1-16-134 HUM (In Between THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 267 acres; 58% clearcut, 20% selection, 16% commercial thin, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.20, 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, marbled murrelet, tailed frog, great blue heron, ruffed grouse, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/03/17. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Klamath, CA, and just east of highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut 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 watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including; a shallow rapid landslide terrain site located on a haul road fill slope along the southern boundary of unit B, a small cut slope failure located upslope of a larger fill slope failure that has deposited debris on a road surface, and deep seated landslide terrain sites, including a headwall swale along the northern portion of unit F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct 100 feet of seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and re-construct 130 feet of temporary road inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the CL North Road.  Bald eagles were reported along the Klamath River .9 miles east of the THP area, an historic great blue heron rockery is located .6 miles NE of the THP area, tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit G, and a ruffed grouse was spotted in 1991 close to unit H.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, B, C, E and H, and within .5 miles of units D, F and I.

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