Map reveals logging company exceeded approved boundary in landslide zone

Map reveals logging company exceeded approved boundary in landslide zone

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US: Seattle Times' analysis of government geographical data and maps suggests that logging company Grandy Lake Forest cut as much as 350 feet past a state boundary that was created because of landslide risks.

The state Department of Natural Resources is supposed to verify a timber company’s proposed cut on the ground and then re-inspect the site after the harvest has been taken. An aerial image from July 2005, shows the clear-cut as a larger slice, with its tip going well over the boundary and to the edge of Saturday’s deadly slide, according to state geographical data.

State officials would typically take that map and put it into the state’s digital system. An agency worker would visit the site of the proposed cut and make sure the boundaries were correct. Again, that process — typically relying on maps and aerial images instead of GPS coordinates — could be inexact.

Source: Seattle Times