Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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


Panoramio Photo By spewydog
THP 1-19-142 DEL (Mc Garvey West THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 254.5 acres; 74% clearcut, 21% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 23, 24, 25, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain sites, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles SE of Klamath, CA, a mile south of the Klamath River and about a mile east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 40 to 1,000 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 Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are unstable areas (shallow rapid landslide terrain sites) in units B, C, D, G and H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period, and construct a steep segment of road inside unit A exceeding 20% grade.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 27 osprey nests in the THP area including; 15 osprey nests within .25 miles of the MG300 road, 11 osprey nests within .25 miles of the MG10 road, and 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of the MG100 road. Marbled murrelet habitat exists .5 miles NW of unit H and on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands, and a bald eagle nest exists within .5 miles of the MG10 and MG400 roads. An historic great blue heron rockery is located 300 feet east of the MG10 road, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in McGarvey Creek immediately adjacent to units C and D.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .5 miles of units G and H.

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