Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Redwood National Park.

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THP 1-17-053 HUM (Upper Surpur THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 342 acres; 77% clearcut, 17% selection, 6% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Surpur Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.4, 5, 8, 9; T12N R2E Sec.32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/08/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Orick, CA and just east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir 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 6 landslide terrain sites in unit G, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit H, and 3 landslide terrain sites in unit I.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Tailed frogs are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units G, H and J, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units F, G, H and J.  There are bald eagle and osprey nests located along the Klamath River which is 1.5 miles east of the THP area, and marbled murrelet habitat is located .9 miles west of the THP area at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units B and H, and within .5 miles of units A, G, I and and J.

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