- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

INDEX, Wash. (AP) - A timber sale on state lands in Snohomish County has been put on hold after concerns were raised about a potentially unstable landslide zone underneath the harvest area.

State forester Aaron Everett told The Seattle Times (http://goo.gl/1NgYSJ ) that officials concluded they needed a second look.

The Department of Natural Resources is planning additional reviews of the proposed timber sale near the town of Index. They’ll determine if the harvest should go ahead as planned, be revised or be canceled.

The Washington Forest Law Center raised concerns that logging could increase groundwater flowers into the lower slope and make it less stable.

If the state review finds the area is potentially unstable, then geologists would have to determine whether logging in the bench could increase water flows into the landslide zone.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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