Sunday, January 20, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Orick, CA.

Google Earth Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-18-178 HUM (Pitt Place THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 154.5 acres, 75% clearcut, 14% selection, 10% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging. Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec 15, 16, 21, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 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: 01/17/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 and about 2 miles east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,560 to 2,280 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. There are numerous small slope failures in close proximity to watercourse areas.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located 1.8 miles west of the THP area, foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 6,000 feet west of unit A, and coastal tailed frogs and southern torrent salamanders were reported 350 feet downstream of unit D in Tectah Creek.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and B.

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