- Whatcom County -
carbon project petition
Dear Department of Natural Resources and Commissioner Hilary Franz,
The undersigned urge you to include the following timber sales in "phase 2" of the Carbon Project: Upper Rutsatz, Box of Rain, Brokedown Palace, Orion, and Over the Hills. These timber sales are a combined acreage of just 461 acres, and have significant ecological value to the Nooksack River watershed because they all contain naturally regenerated forests 1945 or older. Forests like these which are 80-150 years old sequester and store more carbon than any other age.
The majority of Upper Rutsatz forest originated in 1890 and contains remnant old growth stands. It is beloved by the surrounding community for mountain biking, hiking, and foraging. Over 1000 people signed a petition and over 1500 emails were sent during the FPA and SEPA process urging DNR to protect it.
Upper Rutsatz, Box of Rain, and Brokedown Palace all border the Middle Fork Nooksack River. Orion and Over the Hills lie in the South Fork Nooksack River watershed. The Nooksack watershed is in great peril: diminishing summer stream flows and winter flood events put endangered pacific salmon populations at further risk of extinction*. Research shows that older naturally regenerated forests play an important role in watershed health and improving summer stream flow.
These older forests are not renewable resources. They play a critical role in climate change and preserving genetic diversity.
Thank you for creating the Carbon Project and for hopefully adding these important forests to 'phase 2."
Thank you for listening.
* Ysabelle Kempe, “Logging forests takes this toll on already strained Nooksack River, research suggests,” Bellingham Herald, 3/24/22 https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article259307584.html
This petition will be sent to the following people:
DNR Northwest Region Manager
Deputy Supervisor for State Uplands
DNR Baker District Manager
Commissioner of Public Lands
Board Member and Professor
University of Washington
Board Member and Superintendant
of Public Instruction
Richard T. Koenig
Board Member and Interim Dean
WSU College of Agriculture
Board Member and Senior Budget
Assistant to Jay Inslee
DNR Carbon Project Lead