Monday, February 25, 2019

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


Google Earth Photo By Tony Kwolek
THP 1-19-005 DEL (H 210/245 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 328 acres; 57% clearcut, 17% no-harvest, 15% selection, 11% commercial thin logging.  High Prairie Creek, Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, North of Ted's Ridge, Upper West Fork Hummer Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec 3, 9, 10, 15, 22, 23, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 24 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles north of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River, and about 2 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 1,800 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock, grand fir and Sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired 303.d watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are multiple road related fill failure and cut bank failures, and multiple shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units E, F, H and G, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 5 segments of steep roads with grades exceeding 15%, and construct multiple short segments of roads through landslide terrain in units F and H.  24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  1 osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the H10 road, and 1 osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the H10 road and roads associated with unit M. There is marbled murrelet habitat on Forest Service and BLM land within 300 feet of units H and M, and within .25 miles of unit J.  In 2011, a  sharp shinned hawk nest was reported 760 feet north of unit I, and 90 feet west of the H10 road. Coastal tailed frogs and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit E, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 2,600 feet SE of unit F in Hunter Creek.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units H and I, and within .5 miles of units E, F, J, K and L.

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