- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Timber-industry officials and environmentalists remain in dispute over an effort to overhaul the state manual that guides logging on unstable slopes.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/1NDHtU5 ) the Department of Natural Resources released the latest version of the manual last week. State forestry officials had supported an effort to get the manual rewritten last year in the wake of the March 2014 Oso landslide that killed 43 people.

The revised manual includes advice for landowners and loggers about how to assess slide risks and when to alert state experts for further analysis.

Industry officials say the new version of the manual represents the best science. But environmentalists argue that it lacks key information that could help determine which forest lands need further examination before logging.

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

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