What's a 'sustainable' timber harvest? State wants public input

Wednesday, March 6, 2002


The state Department of Natural Resources will hold a hearing tonight to ask members of the public about how much timber should be cut on state-owned land.

In preparation for calculating what is known as a "sustainable harvest" on state-owned timberlands for the next decade, DNR officials will hold a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 401 of the Seattle Vocational Institute, 2120 S. Jackson St.

Revenues from state timberlands help fund school and university construction and services in some counties. The DNR is obligated under the state constitution to balance those current needs against those that will occur far in the future.

The planning process will examine possibilities for cutting state timber over the next 200 years.

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