Thursday, December 6, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Redwood National Park.

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THP 1-18-141 HUM (TT 515 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 214.3 acres; 48% clearcut, 26% commercial thin, 17% selection, 9% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec 17, 18, 19, 20).   Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Redwood National Park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 5 miles SE of Orick, CA by Redwood National Park (units A and E are adjacent) at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,000 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.  Special Treatment Areas (STAs) are planned to hide the effects of clearcutting within units A and E which are adjacent to Redwood National Park. There is a landslide terrain site (partial failure of the outbound edge of the TT-535.31L Road) in unit C, and a landslide terrain site (cut slope and fill slope failure off the TT-515 Road) between units A and B. 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 a temporary segment of steep road that exceeds 60% grade inside unit D, and construct a temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in the western portion of unit E.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Occupied marbled murrelet habitat is located on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of units A and E. Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur 3,500 feet east of unit C, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur 4,000 feet north of unit C, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit C.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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