SPRING CREEK UPDATE #1
FWSR submitted two comments on the Spring Creek FPA.
One, written by our attorney, addresses the ways in which the FPA fails to meet legal requirements, including triggers for classification as a Class IV-S requiring a full SEPA. 2020 07 20 Public Comment BRICKLIN & NEWMAN
Our second comment addresses environmental damage that could result from the logging as proposed. For example, there are three known Western Gray Squirrel (WGS) nests in the area proposed to be logged. WGS are in a category known as Priority Habitat Species, along with some species on site. DNR timber harvest rules do not protect these habitats. FWSR comment-Spring Creek FPA 2706931
As we have said before, the DNR rules for timber harvest do not adequately protect things that are required under other state laws to be protected. A SEPA process might produce a higher level of protection. Might is the operative word. The best protection is that logging just doesn’t happen on this parcel.