Saturday, June 17, 2017

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

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THP 1-17-057 HUM (Lower West Tectah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 264 acres; 76% clearcut, 13% selection, 6% roadside, 5% no-harvest logging.  Surpur Creek, Lower Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec 2, 3, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16  T12 N  R2E Sec 34, T10N R2E Sec 3).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 134 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, Sonoma tree vole, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/17. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Orick, CA and about 10 miles SE of Klamath, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce 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.  134 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is an osprey nest within .25 miles of the A600 road, a second osprey nest within .25 miles of the CL1040 road, and a bald eagle nest within .43 miles of the A600 road.  A Sonoma tree vole was reported inside unit B in 1994, and there are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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