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Redwood Forest Logging Plan Causes Uproar in Boulder Creek
Kevin Collins via Sierra Club
"Roughly a year ago the Santa Cruz County staff responsibility for Timber Harvest Plan Review was moved from the County Department of Environmental Health to the Planning Department. Unfortunately all of the institutional memory and knowledge about this crucial County responsibility has been lost from the Planning Department through retirements and staff resignations. It has been many years since the Planning Department was involved in logging permit review....A recent uproar from homeowners in the Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club subdivision demonstrates the present deficiency in Santa Cruz County's ability to handle this job effectively. Residents of this subdivision were not informed about planned logging until days before public comment on the logging permit was to conclude. The logging plan permit (THP) described the intended use of their narrow, winding and privately maintained residential streets. These streets were to be the haul route for the 80,000 lb. log trucks. The County did not address this issue with CDF during the legally mandated time period to do so, nor did the County appear to have taken any steps to properly inform this neighborhood."

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