Sunday, February 16, 2020

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

PANORAMIO Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-20-007 DEL (H 100 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 148.5 acres; 60% clearcut, 20% selection, 19% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging. Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Upper West Fork Hunter Creek (HUM: T14N R01E Sec 11, 12, 14).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, 32 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, marten, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, Indian pipe, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/02/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles north of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 900 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, and construct a 100 foot segment of steep seasonal road on slopes between 15% and 20% grade inside unit B.  They also are planning to construct a segment of temporary road on slopes over 50% within 100 feet of a watercourse area in unit D, and construct a segment of seasonal road on slopes over 50% within 100 feet of a watercourse area in unit B. 32 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. The THP area is located inside Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) Tract #71, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit B, and within .50 miles of units A, C and D. Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located .84 miles SW of unit D on USFS/BLM property. In 2011, a sharp shinned hawk nest was reported .34 miles south of unit D and within 90 feet of the H10 Road, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Hunter Creek. Indian pipe was found inside unit D.

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