This timber sale contains trees as large as five feet in diameter and 200 feet tall. Trees left behind during logging opertaions of the early 20th century now stand as some of the last remaining relicts of the original old growth forests of the greater Puget Sound region.
Write to DNR Now!
Let DNR know that you are opposed to the logging of this century-old legacy forest.
Dear Mr. Sargent,
I am writing to urge you to cancel the Sauerkraut timber sale. This sale would include the logging of older, structurally complex forests that support an abundance of standing dead trees, downed wood, and legacy trees that are close to five feet in diameter and probably more than 100 years old. Forests such as this are increasingly rare in Capitol State Forest and the Upper Chehalis River Basin.
We are in the midst of a global warming crisis, and an unprecedented decline in global biodiversity. Now is not the time to be logging 100 or 150-year 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 intended to preserve older forests, which dictate that structurally complex forests may be considered for harvest only after older forest have been met. These forests are not renewable resources. They were last harvested before mechanized logging and chemical spraying were common practice, and 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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In response to our petition, and multiple letters submitted to DNR, this timber sale has been postponed.
Write to DNR now and tell them to Stop Logging the last few Remaining 100-Year Old Forests in the Chehalis River basin.
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Note: Location shown on map is approximate.
See sale map for exact location.