Saturday, February 10, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Klamath, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Hagemeister
THP 1-18-006 DEL (SA-10 End THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 221.5 acres; 76% clearcut, 11% no-harvest, 9% selection, 3% roadside logging. Tarup Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.5, 6; T13N R2E Sec.29, 31, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at elevation of 40 to 1,300 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 Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and a shallow rapid landslide is located in unit B. There are multiple segments of steep roads including; 2 segments of road construction and 1 segment of road re-construction on slopes over 15% grade, 2 segments of steep roads in unit D that exceed 35% grade, and 2 segments of steep roads with side slopes exceeding 65%.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and re-construct 150 feet of road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit D.  Seven 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 .25 miles of the SA-10 Road on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands.  Bald eagles have been spotted within .5 miles of the THP area along the Klamath River, and there are 4 osprey nests within .25 miles of the THP area along the Klamath River.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A (Klamath River) and unit C (Tarup Creek).  There is a great blue heron rockery 1.2 miles north of unit A, tailed frogs have been spotted immediately adjacent to unit C, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 400 feet of units B and G. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of unit B.

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