Almost 20 acres of forest adjacent to neighborhoods in the Picnic Point area are about to get logged starting Monday. This is an emergency situation. We are asking for your help to stop this until the proper legal appeals have been heard.
The Sno-King Watershed Council (SKWC) has appealed the developer Frognal Estate’s early logging forest practices act (FPA) permit and the Land Disturbing Activity (LDA) permit. These permits will allow for logging large trees on 17.65-acres with an additional 0.69-acres for logging road and landing construction on its 22.24-acre site. 14,710 cubic yards of cut and 14,710 cubic yard of fill are proposed, or approximately 1,470 dump truck loads of cut and fill.
All of this work will be upslope of the Regatta Estates subdivision, which our engineer believes will concentrate and direct stormwater towards the Regatta Estates, increasing the potential for land movement and stormwater runoff. This area drains to Picnic Point Creek, used by Chinook, Coho, and Chum salmon.
The SKWC’s appeal of the early logging is scheduled to be heard in King County Superior Court, February 15, 2019.
Yesterday afternoon, we learned secondhand from neighbors in the Picnic Point area that Snohomish County PDS staff had authorized the clearcutting, grading, and land disturbing activity to commence immediately at Frognal Estates.
We received no notification of this clearcutting or any indication that clearcutting was imminent. We need your help now.
WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO TODAY:
Write an e-mail today to Dave Somers, County Executive Dave.Somers@co.snohomish.wa.us with a copy to Barbara Mock, PDS Director Barbara.Mock@co.snohomish.wa.us. Tell them:
> The County needs to halt the Frognal Estates tree clearcutting, until SKWC has time to file a motion to stay and the Court rules on this matter.
> It is reckless and irresponsible to start Land Disturbing Activities in December on steep slopes that the County has deemed an erosion hazard.
Follow up with a call to Dave Somers at 425-388-3312.