Sunday, February 16, 2020

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

Google Earth Photo By Nickolus Folkins
THP 1-20-008 DEL (Dandy Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 154.5 acres; 51% clearcut, 37% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R02E Sec 3, 10; T14N R02E Sec 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 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: 03/02/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Klamath, CA and about 1.6 miles NE of Klamath Glen, CA at an elevation of 80 to 2,440 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly 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 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the NW portion of unit B, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in the northern portion of unit B. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and construct 2 segments of new seasonal roads exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit D.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 2001, marten were reported .2 miles east of unit D, and also 2.85 miles north of unit A (the THP area is located inside Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) Tract #85).  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit E, and within .50 miles of units B, C, D and A. The “Miracle Mile” marbled murrelet stand is located within .25 miles of unit A, the “Arrow Mills” marbled murrelet stand is located within .25 miles of the A Line haul road, and there is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of unit E, and the U 10 Road.  There are 2 osprey nest sites within .25 miles of the BL 10 Road, and 1 osprey nest within 500 feet of unit E.  In 1997, a sharp shinned hawk was reported .38 miles north of unit A. Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit D, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Turwar Creek, immediately adjacent to unit E.

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