Monday, April 22, 2019

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


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THP 1-19-040 HUM (Big Red THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 213.4 acres; 66% clearcut, 20% no-harvest, 13% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles south of Klamath, CA, 8 miles NE of Orick, CA, and about a mile east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 90 to 1,460 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 5 unstable areas in unit B including; 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area for yarding, decking and loading operations near unit B, and construct a segment of temporary steep road to access unit C that exceeds 20% grade for approximately 100 feet.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Bald eagle nests are located .8 miles NE of unit E, and greater than 1 mile from the THP area along the Klamath River.  Two osprey nests are located within the THP area including; a nest within .25 miles of unit E and several haul roads, and a second nest within .25 miles of units E and F, and several haul roads.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of the CL North Road. There is a great blue heron rockery .5 miles SE of unit F along the Klamath River, and foothill yellow legged frogs and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur in Ah Pah Creek adjacent to unit F.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units C, D and F, within .5 miles of units A and B.

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