Sunday, March 17, 2019

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


Google Earth Photo By Arunas Sileika
THP 1-19-021 DEL (The Dump THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 92 acres; 74% clearcut, 11% selection, 7% shelterwood, 7% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 21, 22, 23).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/28/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is just west of highway 101, about a mile south of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River at an elevation of 80 to 960 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests.  There are 4 unstable areas in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging at the top of unit D, and construct a segment of temporary road across an unstable area in unit C.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail exceeding 20% grade for 100 feet along the NW portion of unit D. Five osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the THP area including; a nest within .25 miles of unit D, 3 nests across from Highway 101 within .25 miles of unit D, and a nest within .25 miles of units B, C and D. Five marbled murrelet stands are located in the THP area including; a stand within 300 feet of unit B, a stand within .25 miles of unit A, and a stand within .5 miles of unit A on Redwood National Park property.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur .5 miles north of unit D in the Klamath River, and a great blue heron rockery is located 1.9 miles east of unit D.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units B, C and D.

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