Monday, July 8, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log between Redwood National Park and the Klamath River.


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THP 1-19-094 HUM (Surpur Surprise THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 242.50 acres; 61% clearcut, 21% selection, 18% no-harvest logging. Surpur Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10; T12N R2E Sec 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, red tree vole, southern torrent salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP lies between the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park and the Klamath River, and is about 7 miles NE of Orick, CA and about 10 miles SE of Klamath, CA at an elevation of 300 to 1,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock, and Monterey pine 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 19 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including: 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B, 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C, 1 deep seated and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit E, 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit F, and multiple road related failures along the A-400 Road.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment across a deep seated landslide terrain site in unit F, and along the A-400 and A-480 Roads.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the CL North Road, and on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of the CL South Road. There is a bald eagle nest .43 miles NE of the A600 Road near the Klamath River, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of the CL 1040 Road and Unit A. In 1994, a red tree vole was reported inside unit F, and in 2000, both Del Norte salamanders and southern torrent salamanders were reported inside unit B.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B, D and F, and along Surpur Creek.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A, D and E, and within .25 miles of unit F.

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