Sunday, July 30, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

PANORAMIC Photo by Mike Marler
THP 1-17-073 DEL (West Wilson THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 305.5 acres; 57% clearcut, 17% selection, 13% no-harvest, 10% commercial thin, 2% roadside logging.  North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16; T15N R1E Sec.29, 30, 31, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 39 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, Del Norte salamander, Sonoma tree vole, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Crescent City, CA and about 7 miles NW of Klamath, CA near Highway 101 and Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 100 to 1,200 feet.  There are shallow rapid landslides in units D and I, shallow rapid landslides adjacent to unit A, and a steep headwall swale in unit I.  Two skid trails and a temporary road are proposed for use inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse within unit G.  39 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within 300 feet of units C, D, E, within .25 miles of units B and F, and on Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of units A, C, E and several haul roads.  An osprey nest is located 140 feet SE of unit G, within .25 miles of unit H and the W10 road, and a second osprey nest is located within .25 miles of unit H and the W10 road.  Southern torrent salamanders are know to occur in unit C, Del Norte salamanders were reported (1984) inside units G and H, and Sonoma tree voles were reported (1993) inside unit G.  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 G and H, and within .5 miles of unit I.

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