- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A state panel has given its approval for the logging of 119 acres on a hill near Index Washington.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports (https://is.gd/iRjaHb ) that the Board of Natural Resources approved the plan after authorities said there was little risk it would trigger a deadly mudslide.

The harvest will be auctioned next month. Proceeds will go to public schools, local taxing districts and Washington State University.

The “Deer Wrap” timber sale was approved in 2014 but was stalled when an environmental group raised concerns about its proximity to a potentially unstable slope.

The Washington Forest Law Center has asked for another delay. They want more research on whether removing trees would lead to more saturated ground and cause the slope to slide.

Department officials say the harvest is a good distance from the slope.


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

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