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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How State-Sanctioned Logging Might Have Contributed to the Snohomish County Mudslide

Posted by Eli Sanders on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Seattle Times:

The plateau above the soggy hillside that gave way Saturday has been logged for almost a century, with hundreds of acres of softwoods cut and hauled away, according to state records.

But in recent decades, as the slope has become more unstable, scientists have increasingly challenged the timber harvests, with some even warning of possible calamity.

The state has continued to allow logging on the plateau, although it has imposed restrictions at least twice since the 1980s. The remnant of one clear-cut operation is visible in aerial photographs of Saturday’s monstrous mudslide. A triangle — 7½ acres, the shape of a pie slice — can be seen atop the destruction, its tip just cutting into where the hill collapsed.

Among the warnings, a geologist for the Tulalip Tribes described "the potential for a massive and catastrophic failure of the entire hillslope.”

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