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Moulton Falls Trail fans object to its inclusion in January timber sale

first_imgAbout a hundred yards up the Moulton Falls Trail, Alice Perry Linker marvels at the forest canopy that envelopes the path and dapples the sunlight.“You feel like you’re out in the wilderness,” she said about a hundred yards away from the parking lot at the Hantwick Road Trailhead.But her enjoyment of the place is also marred by concern over how it’s going to look within a couple years should a logging operation be approved in the area.The Washington State Department of Natural Resources, which oversees the land that part of the trail sits on, is bundling the site with three others for a timber sale they’re calling the Michigan Trotter Timber Sale. The proposed sale date is January. Whoever buys the timber will have two logging seasons to harvest. DNR is obligated to sell state-trust land timber to generate revenue to benefit public institutions such as schools, universities and prisons. And DNR officials say the logging around the parks will be done in a way that is mindful of the area’s popularity with recreation enthusiasts.But Linker, a Sierra Club member, said she is just one of a long list of people that have concerns about logging along the trail and want to see it stopped.last_img read more

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