The Washington Forest Law Center, which represents the Issaquah Alps Trail Club and Save Squak, filed our formal opposition to the new Erickson logging permit with the Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday. The WFLC is a non-profit, public interest law firm dedicated to providing legal services to organizations that monitor and protect the Pacific Northwest’s private and state-owned forest lands.
In addition to incorporating our original letter in opposition, the latest filing with DNR outlines the significant issues still on the table that have not been addressed by Erickson Logging. These include:
- Flooding of May Valley through excessive run-off
- Soil instability due to road construction to access the timber
- Erickson’s failure to conduct proper studies of stream flows and fish habitat
- Impact on at risk and endangered wildlife including proximity to Marbled Murrelet critical habitat and possible nesting areas
- Adverse impact to Hwy 900, a major transportation corridor that already suffers from closures to due flooding, that could also affect emergency services
In our opposition, we also note that the parcels for the proposed clear cutting should be reclassified due to a current permit pending for subdivision development and Erickson’s own statements that he may develop the property after logging. This is grounds for moving oversight of the property from DNR to King County.
We have the letter and supporting exhibits here online. Both are available in PDF format and available for reading online here.
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WFLC Comment Letter to DNR in Opposition to New Erickson Logging Permit