Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to log along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-047 HUM (Tectah Forks THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 571 acres; 52% commercial thin, 37% clearcut, 6% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% rehab, 1% roadside, 1% special logging.  Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes, landslide terrain, 35 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, Redwood National Park, coho watershed, spotted owl, Sonoma tree vole, trees up to 26" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,400 to 2,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units D and J, and a deep seated landslide terrain site in unit E.  A Special Treatment Area (STA) is located along the boundary of unit I to hide the effects of clearcutting near Redwood National Park lands.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary tractor road crossings inside class III (intermittent) watercourses inside units A and D, and construct 29,850 feet of new road including 21,650 feet of new seasonal road and 8,000 feet of temporary road (proposed for abandonment later).  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A Sonoma tree vole was spotted in unit K, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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