Friday, October 13, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Orick, CA

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THP 1-17-093 HUM (Johnson 18 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 272.8 acres; 43% clearcut, 36% commercial thin, 19% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.23, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, golden eagle, trees up to 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/28/17. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Trinidad, CA, 7 miles SE of Orick, CA and a few miles east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,600 feet.  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 are shallow rapid landslides along the SW corner of unit D, in the SE corner of unit E, and a deep seated landslide in unit E.  10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  A fisher was spotted in unit A in 1994, and a golden eagle was reported over 1.5 miles from the THP area.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit G.

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