Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Klamath River.


PANORAMIO Photo By corrib5398
THP 1-17-079 HUM (OMG THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 190 acres; 67% clearcut, 12% selection, 11% no-harvest, 9% commercial thin, 1% roadside logging.  Tarup Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 16; T13N R2E Sec.32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 36 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, Del Norte salamander, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/09/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Klamath, CA and about 4 miles east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 60 to 1,400 feet near the Klamath River.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There is a shallow rapid landslide below unit B, and above unit A, and 5 shallow rapid landslides in or near unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct 2 segments of the SA-10 road across unstable areas, re-construct an existing road across an unstable area in unit D, and re-construct 540 feet of the SA-1700 road within 100 feet of a watercourse in unit D.  Re-construction of steep roads are proposed within the THP area including; 2 segments of seasonal roads with slopes over 20% grade exceeding 200 feet in unit A, 1 segment of seasonal road with slopes over 20% grade exceeding 200 feet in unit B, and 1 segment of seasonal road with slopes over 20% grade exceeding 200 feet in unit F.  There are 7 osprey nests within .25 miles of the THP area including; 4 osprey nests within .25 miles of existing haul roads, 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of unit D, and 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of unit E.  One bald eagle nest is located .32 miles SE of unit F, and within .25 miles of the CL 1800 Road, and marbled murrelet habitat is located within .25 miles of the S-Line Road on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park land.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or around units B, D, E and F, and Del Norte salamanders were observed inside units B and F (1990), and within units D and E (1991).  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 miles of units A, B, C, E and F.

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