Monday, July 17, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log next to Klamath, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-062 DEL (Lower Four Mynot THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 287 acres; 51% clearcut, 31% commercial thin, 10% selection, 8% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Hoppaw Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11; HUM: T14N R1E Sec.35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, pacific fisher, Del Norte salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/03/17. VIEW

This THP is 1 mile NE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 520 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and 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 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 shallow rapid landslides in unit D, and 1 deep seated landslide in unit E.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Six osprey nests are in the THP area including; 2 nests within .25 miles of unit F and the T10 Road, a nest within .25 miles of the T10 Road and within 397 feet of unit F, a nest within .25 miles of the T10 Road, a nest within .25 miles of the KM-10 Road, and 2 nests within .25 miles of the Mynot Creek Road.  Four marbled murrelet stands are in the THP area including; a stand within .25 miles of unit A and the T10 road, a stand within .25 miles of seasonal roads, a stand within .25 miles of units B, C, F, and within 300 feet of the Big Mynot Road, and a stand within .25 miles of units E, F, G and within 300 feet of the T10 Road.  A Pacific Fisher was detected inside unit B in 1995, and a Del Norte Salamander was detected inside units D and G in 1990.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and G, and within .5 miles of units B and F.

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