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RAILROAD
CREEK

TIMBER SALE

DNR plans to experimentally thin and clearcut portions of this rare, century-old legacy forest, which will only degrade this mature, naturally complex and diverse forest.

WRITE to DNR now and urge them to CANCEL this timber sale!

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LARGE
CONFIERS

This Douglas fir is close to four feet in diameter.  Large trees like this play a critical ecological role, offering niche habitats for wildlife, and storing large amounts of carbon.  Micro-habitat diversity has been demonstrated to increase with increasing tree diameter.  Bark structures such as bark pockets and bowls in the bark can support a diverse array of fungi, lichens, and invertebrates.

Write to DNR Now!

Let DNR know that you are opposed to the logging of this irreplaceable legacy forest.

 

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Dear Mr. Sargent,

 

I am writing to urge you to cancel the Railroad Creek timber sale.  This sale would result in the logging of some of the last remaining acres of un-planted, structurally complex lowland forest in Elbe Hills State Forest.  Parts of this sale contain legacy trees that are close to four feet in diameter and 200 feet tall.

We are in the midst of a global warming crisis.  Now is not the time to be logging century-old trees, or replacing fire resistant older forests with young, fire-prone tree plantations that are susceptible to future climate disturbances, and may increase the fire risk to nearby residential areas.

The logging of mature legacy forests on DNR managed lands also violates Board of Natural Resources policies, which are intended to conserve older, structurally complex forests. These forests play a critical role in preserving genetic diversity and biological legacies of the old growth forests that once dominated the Pacific Northwest.

 

Thank you for listening.

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This email will be sent to the following people:

Scott Sargent

DNR South Puget Sound Region Manager

scott.sargent@dnr.wa.gov

Todd Welker

Deputy Supervisor for State Uplands

360-918-3777

todd.welker@dnr.wa.gov

Hilary Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands

360-902-1000

hilary.franz@dnr.wa.gov

Lisa Janicki

Board Member and Skagit County Commissioner

360-416-1300

lisaj@co.skagit.wa.us

Dan Brown

Board Member and Professor

University of Washington

206-685-1928

danbro@uw.edu

Chris Reykdal

Board Member and Superintendant

of Public Instruction

360-725-6000

chris.reykdal@k12.wa.us

Wendy Powers, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
Washington State University

509-335-3590

w.powers-schilling@wsu.edu

Jim Cahill

Board Member and Senior Budget

Assistant to Jay Inslee

360-902-0569

jim.cahill@ofm.wa.gov

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