Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of Klamath, CA near Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-19-003 DEL (Hunter Wilson Divide THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 298 acres; 80% clearcut, 16% selection, 3% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  North of Teds Ridge, Upper West Fork Hunter Creek, (HUM: T15N R1E Sec 27, 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure site, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/07/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles north of Klamath, CA and about a mile east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,000 to 1,600 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 are 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit G, and one road failure site caused by an edge failure from a shallow rapid landslide terrain site off the H-400 Road.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct 50 feet of the H-400 Road around a shallow rapid landslide that has disturbed the road shoulder.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the W10 Road, a marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the W10 and H200 Roads, and a marbled murrelet stand 1 mile west of the THP area on Del Norte Redwoods State Park lands.  Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units A and D, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit D, and a sharp shinned hawk nest was reported within 90 feet of the H10 Road.  There is a spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of unit F.

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