Astoria approves forest thinning

By Edward Stratton, The Astorian

The Astoria City Council on Tuesday approved thinning two overly dense swaths of the Bear Creek watershed.

The 3,700-acre watershed provides the city’s drinking water. In 2015, the city agreed to limit logging in exchange for banking carbon sequestration credits sold to industrial polluters to offset their environmental impact.

The City Council approved taking bids on a 43-acre thinning in the northwest corner of the watershed this summer that would mimic historic forests and could earn the city $250,000.