Saturday, June 23, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

PANORAMIC Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-18-059 HUM (S Line 100 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 217 acres; 69% clearcut, 27% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Tarup Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec.11, 12, 13; T12N R2E Sec.7, 18). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, 10 road drainage work sites, redwood national park, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, Del Norte salamander, red tree vole, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/15/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles south of Klamath, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 near Redwood National Park (unit A is adjacent) at an elevation of 200 to 1,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (shallow rapid landslides in units B, C and E) in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 3 segments of steep road on slopes exceeding 50% grade for over 500 feet.  10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of unit A, and within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  Tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 500 feet of units D and E.  In 1994, Del Norte salamanders were reported within unit D, and in 1990, Del Norte salamanders were reported within unit E.  In 1994, red tree voles were reported inside unit F.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit A.

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