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CENTURY 
OLD 
TREES:

Large trees support entire ecosystems of their own, offering niche habitats for wildlife, and playing a role in carbon absorption.  Micro-habitat diversity has been demonstrated to increase with increasing tree diameter.  Bark structures such as bark pockets, bark pockets with decay, and bowls in the bark of mature trees can support a diverse array of fungi, lichens, and invertebrates.

Petition

to CANCEL Upper Rutsatz 

Timber Sale

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Dear Board of Natural Resources,

 

I am writing to urge you to cancel the Upper Rutsatz timber sale. This century-old forest represents an irreplaceable part of our natural heritage. Many of the dominant trees stand nearly four feet in diameter and 200 feet tall. As biological legacies of the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, these special places deserve careful protection rather than hasty destruction.

 

These forests are not renewable resources. They play a critical role in mitigating the impacts of climate change and preserving genetic diversity. The older trees within this timber sale help shade and protect numerous streams that feed into the Middle Fork, which helps protect salmon and steelhead populations already teetering on the brink of extinction. 

 

Countless community members love this area – many of us mountain bike and hike on the system of trails that run through Upper Rutsatz. Clearcutting this forest would destroy the tranquility of these recreational trails along with all the intricate natural features of this landscape. The logging of Upper Rutsatz would be an irretrievable loss for our community. 

 

Forests like Upper Rutsatz are increasingly rare. As you know, what little older forest still remains in Washington exists on state trust lands within the purview of the DNR. Sadly, the DNR has failed in their responsibility to protect our older forests as promised by Hilary Franz. The responsibility to save this and other elegant, complex forests now falls to you. Please stop this sale while you still can.

 

Thank you for listening.

This petition will be sent to the following people:

Jay Guthrie

DNR Northwest Region Manager

Jay.Guthrie@dnr.wa.gov

 

Angus Brodie

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

 

Chris Hankey

DNR Baker District Manager

chris.hankey@dnr.wa.gov

Hilary Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands

360-902-1000

hilary.franz@dnr.wa.gov

Bill Peach

County Commissioner

360.417.2233

bpeach@co.clallam.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

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

UPPER
RUTSATZ

TIMBER SALE

In response to intense public pressure, DNR has temporarily wtihdrawn their permit application.

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READ article in The Bellingham Herald

Tell DNR TO PERMANENTLY PROTECT THIS IRREPLACEABLE 130-YEAR-OLD FOREST!

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Note:  Location shown on map is approximate.

See sale map for exact location.