Saturday, February 29, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log between the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park and Weitchpec, CA.

Google Earth Photo Br Greg Nyquist
THP 1-20-018 HUM (Cemetery Gates THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 119.5 acres; 79% clearcut, 13% selection, 5% no-harvest, 3% roadside logging.  Bens Creek, Snow Camp Creek, Upper Tully Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec 1, 11, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, marten, golden eagle, red tree vole, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/15/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Weitchpec, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park and the Bald Hills Road, and about 14 miles NE of Trinidad, CA at an elevation of 2,240 to 3,080 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in primarily Douglas fir 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 3 unstable areas in the THP area including; 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit E. Five road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. The THP area is located inside a Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) where martens have been detected in the past. Red tree voles have been reported within 1 mile of unit E, golden eagles have been observed 1.48 miles west of the THP area, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Tully Creek, and potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of unit C and several haul roads. There is a spotted owl nesting territory within unit B, and 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles off the THP area.

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