Saturday, February 10, 2018

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

PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-18-007 DEL (RM-10 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 308.8 acres; 49% clearcut, 23% commercial thin, 15% selection, 13% no-harvest logging. Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek, Potato Patch Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17; T14N R2E Sec.33, 34). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 46 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, ruffed grouse, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 1 mile NE of Klamath Glen, CA, and about 5 miles east of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 240 to 2,880 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock, Port Orford and western red cedar 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 dormant transitional/rotational slides, debris slides and areas of disrupted ground throughout and adjacent to the THP area. There are also multiple road failure sites that will require construction and re-construction on unstable slopes including; 4 road failure sites in unit B, 3 road failure sites in unit C, 1 road failure site in unit H, and 2 road failure sites in unit I. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary road in unit B on steep slopes exceeding 20% grade for 220 feet, and re-construct 150 feet of a seasonal road with side slopes over 50% that drains towards a watercourse.  46 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 unit D and associated roads, within .25 miles of unit C and associated roads, and within .25 miles of the B-10 and RM-10 roads.  One osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the B-10 Road (within .5 miles of unit D), and a second osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the B-10 Road.  In 2013, a ruffed grouse was found in unit D, foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted at Turwer Creek .5 miles from the THP area, and a great blue heron rockery is located 1.2 miles SW from the THP area.  In 1997, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted .87 miles NW from unit A, and in 1992, a Del Norte salamander was found in unit D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, B, D, G, and within .5 miles of unit E.

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