Monday, July 17, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 60” dbh east of Redwood National Park.

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THP 1-17-065 HUM (Ah Pah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 176 acres; 79% clearcut, 15% selection, 7% no-harvest logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.17, 18, 19, 20).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/06/17. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Klamath, CA and just east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 440 to 1,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (shallow rapid landslides in units B, C and F) in redwood, Douglas fir and Western hemlock forests (trees up to 60” dbh in unit C).  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 675 feet of steep temporary road on slopes exceeding 15% grade.  22 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are bald eagle and osprey nests nearby along the Klamath River, and marbled murrelet habitat on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park within .25 miles of the CL North Road.  Three spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units D, E and F, and within .5 miles of unit B.

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