Summit Lake timber harvest plans on pause over environmental concerns

A DNR spokesperson said the project likely will be delayed, not canceled.

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. — The Washington Department of Natural Resources is putting plans to harvest 16 acres of timber on hold following concerns raised by neighbors and Thurston County commissioners.

The property near Summit Lake was supposed to be auctioned off for harvest this summer. Last week, Thurston County commissioners sent DNR a letter raising concerns about the environmental impact of the potential project, including landslide risks and potential water and soil runoff to homes and the lake below the property.

“The research the county’s letter is based on is not using

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