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BEAUTY AND REFUGE

Few people currently visit this tucked-away forest, partly because much of the road up to the forest is gated off. However, those who make the effort to hike the two miles to Bessie are not disappointed. Full of a layered magic that the DNR's data utterly fails to capture, this tranquil forest features a diverse array of tree species. The forest understory contains cedar and hemlock -- an indication that Bessie will reach old growth status if left unmolested. Our LiDAR map shows dozens of trees close to 200 feet tall, and at least ten of the trees slated for cutting exceed four feet in diameter.

 

It is extremely rare to see so many trees this large anywhere in the Puget Sound region. Clearcutting Bessie would carve a huge hole out of the Puget Sound lowlands’ last remaining block of native forest, yet the DNR has slated this beautiful refuge for sacrifice. 

Write to DNR Now!

Let DNR know that you are opposed to the continued logging of the last remaining native forests in the Lake Whatcom watershed.

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Dear Mr. Guthrie,

I am writing to urge you to cancel the Bessie timber sale.  The more than century-old forests in the project area represent an irreplaceable part of our natural heritage. Many of the dominant trees are close to four feet in diameter and 200 feet tall. Forests such as this have virtually disappeared from the North Puget Sound lowlands. Most of what remains is on state trust lands managed by DNR. 

These forests are not renewable resources. They play a critical role in mitigating the impacts of climate change, and preserving genetic diversity and biological legacies of the native forests that once dominated the Pacific Northwest, and should be protected.

Thank you for listening.

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Jay Guthrie

Region Manager

DNR Northwest Region

360-856-3500

jay.guthrie@dnr.wa.gov

Laurie Bergvall
State Lands Assistant Region Manager
360-854-2847

laurie.bergvall@dnr.wa.gov

Angus Brodie

DNR Deputy Supervisor for State Uplands
360-902-2122
angus.brodie@dnr.wa.gov

Bill Peach

Board Member and Commissioner

Clallum County

360-417-2233

bpeach@co.clallam.wa.us

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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

Richard T. Koenig

Board Member and Interim Dean
WSU College of Agriculture

509-335-9223

richk@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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