Urgent action needed!

To review the loggers application for a permit from The Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Click here: Erickson Logging FPA Application. The application was submitted February 26, 2013:

A CLEAR-CUT LOGGING PERMIT HAS BEEN FILED, requesting a 95% timber harvest on 195 of the 216 acres on Issaquah’s Squak Mountain. The DNR regulations are quite complex and how the 5% retention figure is calculated has to be one of the more complex issues. There are two classes of retained trees, “green wood” and “wildlife”. There are size requirements and some trees in buffer areas can be double counted. We hope to provide more details on forest practices regulations.  Squak Mountain is a serene urban forest in the Greater Seattle area, most of which has not seen logging for perhaps 100 years, or more. Washington State DNR Forest Practices confirmed the State’s acceptance of the application as complete when it was filed on February 26th.  The permit is now in the 30 day review process, and with approval logging can begin as soon as March 27th.

PUBLIC COMMENTS are being accepted during this review and may be submitted by emailing BRUCE.McDONALD@dnr.wa.gov and JAMES.HEURING@dnr.wa.gov. You may also reach them by phone at 360-825-1631. Emails or letters are preferred to ensure all comments become part of the public record.  You may refer to record permit number 2415960, OR you may reference the Erickson Logging parcels formerly owned by the Issaquah Highlands, LLC. The usual comment period is 14 days but we have been advised that the State DNR expects to accept comments thru the end of the 30 day review period, which ends on March 27th. We need your voices! HELP!

Additional elected officials that need to be contacted can be found here: 

Parcels To Be LoggedHM log map

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn Pledges to Save Squak

Feb 19, 2013, Reagan Dunn’s voices his support at the Issaquah City Council Meeting. Reagan pledged to ‘step in’, along with other conservation groups to ‘provide proper funding’ to purchase this land and ensure it is not logged. (Mr. Dunn’s presentation starts at 14:00 and he talks about Squak at 17:30).