- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

INDEX, Wash. (AP) - The state is moving forward with a $1.2 million timber sale on state lands in Snohomish County, following additional reviews of potential landslide risks.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports (https://is.gd/FJCZi5 ) the Department of Natural Resources earlier this year put the sale on hold after an environmental group raised concerns a potentially unstable landslide zone underneath the harvest area.

A licensed geologist as well as a team that include state, tribal and Department of Ecology officials took a second look. And the state now plans to auction the 119-acre harvest near the town of Index in June.

The Washington Forest Law Center had raised concerns that logging could increase groundwater flowers into the lower slope and make it less stable. The group says it still has concerns but didn’t have the resources to quantify potential hazards to successfully appeal the sale.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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