“Weyerhauser owns 70+ acres above the Tenino quarry, and despite possible land erosion and other factors there is no delay in their planning to log the hilltop above Tenino this summer. DNR had ordered a geo-tech study and it came out as a go, so far as I have heard (amazing!). Their full report has not reached the Tenino City Council oddly enough and has caused them to delay. The council sees no benefit to the city to have this done- in fact damage could be possible that will not be covered by Weyerhauser. I attended a city council meeting this week and heard the latest.
The logging company is requesting an easement road permit from the city of Tenino to do this (way cheaper and faster than using their own road). They will cut and immediately sell the land to a developer (they will not be replanting and just want out). Other than this permit, the city has little say-so in this matter. The land is outside city limits.
The lowdown is that the city *has been affected by public comment* (in my opinion the Tenino City Council is more receptive than other councils I have attended) and has scheduled a second public hearing on the subject for February 13th at 7:30 pm. I encourage all Tenino residents to attend and voice their opinion. I think everyone that goes thru Tenino or has visited the gorgeous park there agrees that this would be a sore sight – unfortunately it lies more in DNR’s hands as to stopping logging altogether, but the city easement issue (yes or no) may decide its speed.
I request that you spread the word. The website for the city council of Tenino is: http://www.ci.tenino.wa.us/ I recommend folks visit it to get more accurate information than I may have provided.
If anyone has questions they are free to call me and I can get more information or direct their call. Thank you for your help, Loralin Toney (360)264-7286