Thursday, February 14, 2019

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-19-002 HUM (Bukers Prairie THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 150.5 acres; 66% clearcut, 23% selection, 9% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Lower Tectah Creek, Upper Tectah Creek, (HUM: T10N R2E Sec 3, T11N R2E Sec 24, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 15 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 24” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/21/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Orick, CA, between Redwood National Park and the Klamath River at an elevation of 510 to 2,120 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. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There is 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, 5 shallow rapid landslides in unit B, and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists 1.4 miles west of unit A, 1.5 miles east of the THP area, and within .25 miles of the TT-100 Road.  In 1990, a Del Norte salamander was reported in unit B, and in 1990, a foothill yellow legged frog was reported adjacent to unit B.  There are 15 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Five spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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