Thursday, November 14, 2019

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


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THP 1-19-156 HUM (Forks of Ah Pah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 315.50 acres; 68% clearcut, 25% selection, 7% no-harvest logging.  Ah Pah Creek, Bear Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec 13; T12N R2E Sec 7, 9 16, 21, 22, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed. spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Klamath, CA between Redwood National Park (unit D is adjacent) and the Klamath River (unit G is adjacent) at an elevation of 150 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, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 12 unstable areas including; 3 landslide terrain sites in unit A, 1 landslide terrain site in unit B, 5 landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 3 landslide terrain sites in unit H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Three osprey nests are located within the THP area including; a nest within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit F, a nest within .25 miles of unit G, and a nest within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit A.  Three bald eagle nests are located within .5 miles of the THP area including; a nest within 270 feet of the CL1800 Road, a nest within .5 miles of unit F, and a nest 450 feet east of the CL1800 Road by the Klamath River.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units G and H in the Klamath River and at Ah Pah Creek, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit H.  In 1994, a Del Norte salamander was observed inside unit F, and in 1991, a Del Norte salamander was observed inside unit B. There is an historic (2007) great blue heron rockery within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit H. Marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units A, B, F and G, and within .5 miles of unit E.

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