Thursday, April 20, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-037 DEL (Upper Omagar THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 95 acres; 57% clearcut, 31% sanitation salvage, 9% no-harvest, 3% selection logging.  Tarup Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.5; T13N R2E Sec.32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 800 to 1,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 2 unstable areas including a fill failure off the SA.900.70 Road near an old landing and class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit B, and a fill failure between 2 skid roads adjacent to a class II watercourse in unit B.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.   Osprey were reported .8 miles from the THP area, and there is marbled murrelet habitat at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park within .25 miles of the SA-10 haul road.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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