Thursday, January 16, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of Klamath, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-19-220 DEL (Wilson 300 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 160.5 acres; 67% clearcut, 22% selection, 11% no-harvest logging. High Prairie Creek, North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T14N R01E Sec 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, Indian pipe, trees over 30” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/28/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles north of Klamath, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 240 to 1,440 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 Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A, C and D.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit C, and use a steep section of road in unit A exceeding 20% grade.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 osprey nests within the THP area including; an osprey nest within 235 feet of the W10 Road, an osprey nest within 400 feet of the W100 Road, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of the W100 Road and unit E. Marbled murrelet stands are located within 300 feet of unit A, .25 miles of unit B, and within .25 miles of the W10 and W100 Roads.  In 2011, a sharp shinned hawk nest was observed 2 miles south of unit D, and Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in McGarvey Creek immediately adjacent to units C and D. Indian pipe was found in unit D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and C.

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