Friday, June 5, 2020

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

PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-20-080 DEL (17-1901 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 182 acres; 50% clearcut, 22% commercial thin, 14% selection, 10% no-harvest, 3% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  High Prairie Creek, Requa (HUM: T14N R1E Sec 16, 17, 20).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, osprey, marbled murrelet, marten, Indian pipe, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/29/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 4 miles NW of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River at an elevation of 400 to 1,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A) in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. The THP area is located inside Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) Tract 71 where marten have been detected in the past, but not during current THP surveys.  There are 4 osprey nests in the THP area including; 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of the W10 road, 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the W100 road, and 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of units A and B.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on USFS and BLM land .34 miles east of unit F, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within units A an D, within .25 miles of units C and F and within .5 miles of units A and B. Indian pipe was found inside unit A.

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