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Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - Page updated at 03:37 p.m.

Landslides and logging: What went wrong?

STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

What went wrong?

With little scrutiny from state geologists, Weyerhaeuser has been allowed to clear-cut unstable slopes. When December's storms hit, many of these heavily logged mountains gave way to hundreds of landslides. Above, David Fenn, a Boistfort Valley farmer whose fields were partially covered with mud and debris in December's floods and landslides.

INTERACTIVE MAP

Interactive Map

Landslides in the Upper Chehalis River Basin: This map includes a detailed look at some of the landslides.

Part 1

Landslides and logging

With little scrutiny from state geologists, Weyerhaeuser has been allowed to clear-cut unstable slopes. When December's storms hit, many of these heavily logged mountains gave way to hundreds of landslides.

Part 2

Slides putting our highways in danger

Transportation Department geologists are so concerned about the impact of clear-cutting near highways that they're monitoring logging plans themselves. But the Department of Natural Resources says it's not shirking its responsibility for oversight.

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