King County plans summer timber harvest near Issaquah

June 4, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:30 a.m. June 4, 2012

King County announced June 1 a summer timber harvest on Taylor Mountain near Issaquah.

The planned harvest encompasses about 66 acres in the 1,845-acre forest. Officials said the harvest includes poor-quality maple, and overmature and dying alder trees. Plans call for crews to then plant a mix of Western red cedar, Douglas fir and Western hemlock, depending on specific site conditions.

Officials said most of the conifers within the identified harvest area should not be cut, except for trees severely infected with root rot.

Eatonville-based Erickson Logging, Inc. is conducting the harvest operation. The sale of harvested logs is expected to generate $75,000 for county officials to manage forestland.

The activity is expected to start in June or early July, depending on rainfall, and should last up to six weeks.

Hikers should prepare for a closure along a portion of Holder Creek Trail through the harvest area. Crews expect to reroute the trail after the harvest.

The trial follows the valley along Holder Creek. The creek is a tributary of Issaquah Creek.

The county plans to post signs about the trail closure along the trail network and at the Holder Creek parking area along Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, south of the state Route 18 interchange.

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