Thursday, July 26, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Klamath River.


PANORAMIO Photo By corrib5398
THP 1-18-063 HUM (J 1700 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 221.1 acres; 57% clearcut, 19% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 10% selection, 2% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging. Mettah Creek, Johnson Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.19, 24, 25, 29, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagles, osprey, peregrine falcon, Cooper ‘s hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, great blue heron, trees up to 24” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/02/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA, and 13 miles SE of Klamath, CA along the Klamath River (units E and F are adjacent) at an elevation of 600 to 2,200 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir 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 3 landslide terrain sites including; a deep seated landslide in the northern portion of unit F, a deep seated landslide in the southern portion of unit F, and a deep seated landslide in the eastern portion of unit F.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are multiple bald eagle and osprey nests along the Klamath River greater than 1 mile north of the THP area, and a peregrine falcon nest was reported adjacent to the Klamath River along the boundary of unit F.  In 2012, a Cooper’s hawk was reported .35 miles east of unit G, Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur .5 miles from units A and G, and Foothill yellow legged frogs have been reported 1 mile away from the THP area at Clirliah Creek.  A great blue heron rockery is located greater than .5 miles north of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units C and G, and within .5 miles of units A, B, D, E and F.