Thursday, February 20, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to log NE of Klamath, CA by marten, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, and osprey sightings.


Google Earth Photo By Tony Kwolek
THP 1-20-013 DEL (Top of Turwar THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 334.5 acres; 48% commercial thin, 35% clearcut, 10% no-harvest, 4% selection, 3% rehab, misc roadside logging. Lower Turwar Creek, Turwar Creek (HUM: T14N R02E Sec 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30). Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, marten, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 03/07/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Klamath, CA and about 6 miles east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 380 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thinning and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation 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 8 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B, and 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit G. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, construct 30 feet of new temporary road within a class III (intermittent) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment on 2 temporary road segments with steep slopes exceeding 20% grade in unit C. 33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Marten have been spotted .75 miles east of unit B, and 3.37 miles SE of unit I (the THP area is located within a Marten Special Management Area (MSMA)). There are 6 marbled murrelet stands within the THP area including; 3 marbled murrelet stands within .25 miles of the T10 Road, and 3 marbled murrelet stands within .25 miles of units A, B, G and several haul roads.  Three osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the T10 Road. In 1997, a sharp shinned hawk nest was found .84 miles south of unit I, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A. Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Turwar Creek immediately adjacent to unit G.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit E, and within .5 miles of units F, G, H and I.

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