Sunday, October 14, 2018

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

PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-18-098 DEL (Upper West Fork Hunter Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 204 acres; 73% clearcut, 24% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Upper West Fork Hunter Creek, North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.2, 3, 4; T15N R1E Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, oversized units, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, coastal tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles north of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 400 to 1,640 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are a few shallow rapid landslides in units B and D, and a road with a sunken grade.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 175 feet of road within 150 feet of a class I (year round) watercourse (Hunter Creek).  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the W10 and H200 Roads, and an historic osprey nest and active osprey nest within .25 miles of the W10 Road.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported 1,000 feet west of unit B, and southern torrent salamanders were reported 1 mile SE of unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units B, D and E.

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