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April 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

State delays timber sale near Oso mudslide, orders further review

Washington state logging regulators have canceled a timber sale near the Highway 530 mudslide, saying they want to take another look at the plan.

The 188-acre sale of timber from state land, about five miles from the slide, had been reviewed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and was scheduled for auction next week. The Riley Rotor sale, mentioned in a Seattle Times story this week about the DNR, had been moving ahead over the objections of environmentalists concerned about the steep slopes.

Documents filed by the state had said the land would be harvested using helicopters.

“In light of what the communities surrounding Oso have endured, I’ve directed department staff to review all the information on this nearby timber sale before moving forward,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a statement today. “Though we conducted thorough assessments of this proposed sale, it is prudent for us to take another look and reconfirm that this sale is properly configured.”

Comments | Topics: Commisioner of Public Lands, Highway 530, mudslide

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