Sunday, January 20, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.

Google Earth Photo By Nick Folkins
THP 1-18-177 DEL (Arrow Mills THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 125 acres; 83% clearcut, 15% selection, 2% no-harvest logging. Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec 4 9; T14N R2E Sec 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marten, marbled murrelet, osprey, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4.5 miles NE of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles north of the Klamath River at an elevation of 1,000 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.  There are 2 unstable areas including; a shallow rapid landslide on the west side of unit A, and a shallow rapid landslide in unit C.  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 road within 100 feet of a watercourse area on slopes exceeding 50% grade.  They also are planning to re-construct; 2 segments of steep road in unit A, 1 segment of steep road in unit C, and 1 segment of steep road in unit D, that exceeds 15% grade, and/or has short pitches exceeding 20% grade for distances greater than 500 feet.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2001, a marten was detected 1.5 miles east of unit E, and 2 osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the B-10 road.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the B-10 road, and within 790 feet of the U-10 road.  In 1997, a sharp shinned hawk was reported .2 miles east of unit A, coastal tailed frogs were reported 4,000 feet SW of unit E, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A, and a foothill yellow legged frog was reported 2,500 feet west of unit A in Turwar Creek.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of units B and E.

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