Thursday, January 24, 2019

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


Panoramio Photo By spewydog
THP 1-18-191 DEL (McTarup THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 259.5 acres; 45% clearcut, 22% shelterwood, 17% no-harvest, 13% selection, 3% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek, Tarup Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 24, 25, 36; T13N R2E Sec 19, 20, 30, 31, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes, steep roads, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles SE of Klamath, CA near the Klamath River at an elevation of 40 to 1,000 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, Monterey pine and Port Orford cedar forests. There are 7 unstable areas in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site along the western boundary of unit B, 4 shallow rapid landslide and 1 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit E, and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit G. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. Three temporary and seasonal roads are proposed for construction on steep slopes including; a temporary road exceeding 20% grade for 200 feet in unit A, a temporary spur road exceeding 20% grade for 100 feet in unit A, and a seasonal road exceeding 20% grade above the MG-10 Road in unit G. Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the SA-10 Road on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands. 14 osprey nests sites are located in the THP area including; 9 nests sites within .25 miles of the MG-10 Road, 1 nest site within .25 miles of unit D and the SA-10 Road, 1 nest site within 165 feet of unit A, 1 nest site within .25 miles of unit A, 1 nest site within .25 miles of seasonal haul roads, and 1 nest site within 165 feet of unit E and within .25 miles of the MG-10 Road and MG-900 Road.  Three bald eagle nest sites are located within .5 miles of the THP area including; 1 nest within .5 miles of units B, C, D, 1 nest within .5 miles of units A, B, C, D, and 1 nest within .5 miles of roads near unit A.  A great blue heron rockery is located within .25 miles of roads leading up to unit A, and a historic (1998) great blue heron rockery is located 350 feet east of the MG-10 Road and 690 feet north of unit D. Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in McGarvey Creek, immediately adjacent to units D and E.

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