Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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

PANORAMIC Photo By phillis1
THP 1-16-141 DEL (Drury Gate THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 306.5 acres; 51% commercial thin, 26% clearcut, 16% no-harvest, 5% selection, 2% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec.2, 3; T13N R1E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36, 38).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/15/17. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles south of Klamath, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 80 to 960 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock, Sitka spruce and western red cedar 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 5 unstable areas within the THP; including a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, and 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit F.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement and restoration.  A bald eagle territory is located 1.5 miles NE of unit A, marbled murrelet habitat is located on Redwood National Park lands within .19 miles of unit E, within .25 miles of the SA-10 Road, and adjacent to Highway 101 near THP units.  There is a historic great blue heron rockery 1.3 miles NE of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur in and immediately adjacent to unit F.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area and within .5 miles of unit F.

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