- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The state Legislature is considering allowing logging in a northern Washington state forest that includes several popular recreation areas.

The Skagit Valley Herald reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/2jd0ml8 ) that the Legislature’s budget decisions this spring will determine whether recreation areas in central Blanchard State Forest will remain free of logging. The state Department of Natural Resources is requesting $7.7 million to keep that agreement in place.

Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed giving Natural Resources $1.5 million toward the Blanchard Forest Strategy agreement.

Natural Resources officials say those funds would go toward fulfilling a long-standing agreement with Skagit County and other stakeholders, but it wouldn’t prevent the agency from having to log the forest.

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Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, https://www.skagitvalleyherald.com

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