Update on Proposed Logging Activity
Posted on 09/07/2018

A pending clear-cut of trees from a scenic area of Newcastle has been delayed for another month. The City of Newcastle, other agencies and property owners are concerned about potential visual and environmental impacts of logging the property where a geologic feature known as the DeLeo Wall is located. Dalpay, the property owner, agreed to allow additional time to explore options for protecting the area.

In May, the Department of Natural Resources approved an application from a logging company to clear-cut 28 acres of trees on the property located in the southeast corner of the city. At the May 15 council meeting, the Newcastle City 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.

The most recent update came in July, when the property owner agreed to delay any logging activity until early September. As that deadline approached, all parties agreed on a monthlong extension. City Manager Rob Wyman said the city will continue to explore all options to preserve the area.

Previous News
— May 1: 
Newcastle Sends Letter to DNR Regarding Proposed Clear-Cut
— May 15: Council Roundup | Council Takes a Stand on Timber Harvest, First Quarter Police Statistics and More
— May 21: Newcastle Appeals DNR Decision to Allow Timber Harvest
— July 3: Council Roundup | DeLeo Wall Update, Waste Contract and More

(Photo of DeLeo Wall hillside from May Valley by Eva Lundahl)

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