Sunday, March 11, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 60” dbh east of Redwood National Park.

PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist 
THP 1-18-016 HUM (Metetcha THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 388 acres; 70% clearcut, 14% selection, 14% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Mettah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16; T11N R2E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 80%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 35 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/07/18. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles east of Orick, CA and Highway 101, and a few miles east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 700 to 2,460 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests (units E and G contain trees up to 48”dbh, and unit M contains trees up to 60” dbh).  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 40 unstable areas in the THP area including; 34 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites, and 6 deep seated landslide terrain sites.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use shovel and cable logging systems within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit C, and use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A bald eagle territory is located over a mile east of the THP area along the Klamath River, tailed frogs are known to occur within .25 miles of unit D, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within unit C.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units G, K and L, and within .5 miles of unit M.

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