Newcastle Appeals DNR Decision to Allow Timber Harvest
Posted on 05/21/2018

On Friday, the Department of Natural Resources approved an application to clear-cut 28 acres of trees on a property located in the southeast corner of the city. Today, the City of Newcastle responded by filing an appeal in an effort to delay or prevent the logging activity on the Dalpay property. Delaying the logging would provide more time for affected property owners and agencies to take steps to protect the area.

“Preservation of this property is very much in the public’s best interest,” City Manager Rob Wyman said. “Removing the trees will create a scar on the landscape visible for miles, and most notably will be seen from the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The park is a resource that many people in the region enjoy.”

At the May 15 council meeting, the Newcastle City Council took a firm stand to protect the scenic area known as the DeLeo Wall property. That's when the council directed the city attorney to file an appeal on any decision to allow logging on the site. The council also instructed the city manager and city attorney to pursue any options to delay or stop the clear-cut on the land.

Several citizens used the public comment period at the May 1 council meeting to share concerns about the application to clear the trees. Speakers discussed the impact the clear-cut would have on wildlife, trails and the environment. On May 1, the City of Newcastle sent a letter to the Department of Natural Resources outlining its own list of concerns. Read the letter here.

In its May 19 Notice of Decision, DNR listed a few conditions, most notably, the operator is required to notify the state agency two business days prior to starting any operation. Mr. Wyman said the city will continue to explore all options to preserve the area as the appeals process continues.

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