Friday, February 10, 2017

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


PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-17-004 DEL (U 1000 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 219.5 acres; 53% commercial thin, 31% clearcut, 10% no-harvest, 6% selection, misc roadside logging.  Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.4, 8, 9, 10, 16; T14N R2E Sec.28, 29, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, fisher, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/20/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 560 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock, western red cedar 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.  There are 8 unstable areas including; 3 deep seated landslide terrain sites on the eastern edge of unit C, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 2 landslide terrain sites on steep stream side slopes in the northern edge of unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 2 segments of temporary road on slopes over 50% grade that does not flatten before reaching a watercourse, construct a temporary steep road in unit C with a grade exceeding 20% for 300 feet, and construct a temporary steep road in unit D with a grade exceeding 20% for 200 feet.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/ replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Several bald eagle nests are located along the Klamath River 1.5 miles SW of the THP area, and a pacific fisher was reported inside unit C in 1994.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Green Diamond Resource Company lands and 2 osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the Arrow Mills Road.  A sharp shinned hawk was observed in 1997, 250 feet south of unit A, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in unit C, and there is an historic great blue heron rockery 1.6 miles SW of the THP Area.  Seven northern spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and C, and within .5 miles of unit D.

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