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PETITION CIRCULATES TO STOP LOGGING NEXT TO WALLACE FALLS STATE PARK
July 31, 2015
(GOLD BAR, WA.) -- A petition is circulating in the upper Sky Valley to stop a timber auction and logging of almost 200 acres of land next to the popular Wallace Falls State Park in the Gold Bar area.
Example of a clear cut forest near Eugene, Oregon. Photo by Calibas, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
KING-TV in Seattle reported that besides the petition, Snohomish County sent a letter to the state's Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark, saying the county would forgo the revenue it would receive from the timber sale of that land near the state park.
The logging of the tract next to Wallace Falls State Park would raise an estimated $1.8 million, 75% of which is scheduled to go to Snohomish County and some of that money is earmarked for the Sultan School district bond as well as Valley General Hospital, Fire District 26 Emergency Medical Services, county roads and more.
The report says some people in the valley don't want the clear cut logging because it will detract from the rural, woodsy experience and scenery that visitors come to the park and nearby trails to experience. The clear cut form of logging is viewed in a negative light by most environmentalists due to aesthetic and other concerns.
However clear cut logging has been underway in areas all around the state for many years and rarely is there a protest against it unless the clear cut becomes personal in a sense, meaning near someone's "back yard."
This syndrome of selective protest over the practice of clear cutting has come to be known as the popular acronym NIMBY, or "Not in My Back Yard," meaning put it in someone else's back yard out of my sight for I desire my personal views of the forest to remain untouched by the logger's chainsaw.
The other part of this particular clear cut that is of concern to Snohomish County Officials and some people in the upper Sky Valley is that there is no mechanism in state law that allows a local government to opt out of the money from those timber sales (and presumably the clear cut in question) if it chooses to do so, according to the report.