Thursday, March 12, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Orick, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Kethaneni
THP 1-20-021 HUM (Tectah Straddle THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 221 acres; 79% clearcut, 15% selection, 4% no-harvest, 2% special logging. Lower Tectah Creek, Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R02E Sec 28, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, marten, fisher, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/20/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park (unit A is adjacent) at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,000 feet elevation.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are 4 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C, and 2 road related failure site near the west side of unit D. Several sections of steep road are proposed for use that exceed 15% grade for over 500 feet in the THP area. 14 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 a Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) where marten could possibly occur, but have not been detected. Occupied marbled murrelet habitat on Redwood National Park lands is located within .25 miles of the TT-100 Road, CL South Road, and CL North Roads. In 2018, a fisher was spotted inside unit G, and an osprey nest is located within the assessment area, but not within .25 miles of the THP area. Costal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit D, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Tectah Creek. There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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