Columbia Landslide, a Month Later: Get set for more

Last month, a landslide crashed down from the mountains, swallowing up homes and cars, and closing down Highway 30 for days on end. People could very likely have died, had it not been for the heroic efforts of workers who realized the slide was imminent, and quickly evacuated the area. It is now beyond dispute that the slide was caused by logging. Even the corporate media has finally acknowledged this indisputable fact. (Ironically, the slide began on land that was being "managed" by the OSU forestry program.) One tract of land above the slide had been logged in 2004, another had been logged more than a decade ago. The state of erosion and instability in both tracts contributed to the slide. It was, in fact, caused by logging.

Today, I traveled out that way to see how the clean-up is going, and to assess the situation along the highway through the coast range. What I saw was a disaster in the making. I saw peoples' homes and all their worldly possessions, still buried in mud and debris. I saw steep mountains denuded of their protective trees, from Ranier all the way out to the ocean. And I saw many more slides in the making. It is only a matter of time.

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