No Logging Moratorium In Wake Of Oso Landslide – Earthfix

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In the wake of the deadly landslide near Oso, Washington, there will be no immediate moratorium on logging around unstable slopes. Some conservationists and regulators wanted to push for that. One of them, Peter Goldman, director of the Washington Forest Law Center in Seattle, says the state Forest Practices Board learned Tuesday it doesn’t have the authority to impose a logging moratorium. Tom Banse reports. (NW News Network)

New timber rules after Oso – Various

Goldmark was on KUOW this morning in a much more conciliatory mood than his rant against environmentalists after the slide. He now seems to be totally on board with stiffer regulations, though he warns that his bureaucracy takes a long time to accomplish anything, and even then, might not (referring to the slide down on the Chehalis a decade back). The interviewer didn’t ask him the hard questions, which are, “your department was aware of the issues in Oso, yet chose to ignore or minimize them, why should we think you are going to be any different in the future?”  This doesn’t appear to be so much a process issue, but an issue of using the process to minimize risk for DNR. Color us skeptical that in the end anything of substance in regards to banning timber harvest in areas of danger will ever be accomplished.

New timber-harvest rules not enough, state board told http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023593992_moratoriumonlogginginslideproneareassoughtxml.html

 

See also: USGS Geologist Doubts Cause Of Oso Landslide Will Ever Be Pinned Down http://kplu.org/post/usgs-geologist-doubts-cause-oso-landslide-will-ever-be-pinned-down Tom Banse reports (KPLU)

See also: Landslide risk prompts warning to Pemberton-area homeowners http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Landslide+risk+prompts+warning+Pemberton+area+homeowners/9832244/story.html Kelly Sinoski reports. (Vancouver Sun)

County files restraining order against developer – Port Townsend Leader

The Leader covers a story of a shoreline landowner along Hood Canal, who has been the subject of years of requests by the County to stop work and satisfy basic development conditions, such as landslide prevention, drainage systems, shoreline protection, etc. The landowner in question, has avoided the sheriff, and fled whenever they have approached. The land in question is covered by the current Shoreline Master Program protections and the Critical Areas Ordinance. (CAO). It’s just astonishing that the county has taken over 9 years to actually act against this guy, who’s neighbors are complaining that they are concerned that he is destabilizing both their banks as well as his.

Read the whole story here:
http://www.ptleader.com/news/county-files-restraining-order-against-developer/article_aece97c6-256a-11e3-80d1-0019bb30f31a.html

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