Saturday, May 2, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log south of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.

Google Earth Photo By Arenas Sileika
THP 1-20-061 HUM (Drury Forks THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 144.5 acres; 70% clearcut, 15% no-harvest, 13% selection, 2% roadside logging. Ah Pah Creek, McGarvey Creek, Tarup Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec 1, 2; T13N R1E Sec 25, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, great blue heron, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/16/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 3.5 miles SE of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River and about 1.5 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 40 to 1,100 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B) in Douglas fir, redwood 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.  The THP area is located within a Marten Special Management Area (MSMA), although no marten were spotted within the THP area. There is a great blue heron rockery 1.3 miles NE of unit A, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A in McGarvey Creek.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park property within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .25 miles of unit D, and within .5 miles of unit E.

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