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Curt Youderian gesticulates as he discusses the clearcut on his property. “This was about managing trees that should have been thinned 20 years ago” and that suffered from rot, he said.
They’re big, they’re shockingly ugly, and you probably can’t do a damn thing about them. They’re clearcuts, the elimination of every tree on a piece of property.
Under current state and county law, clearcuts are often permissible, and they mar the landscape from south to north on Whidbey Island — or exemplify an efficient and ecologically sound timber-harvesting method, depending on your point of view.
Both may be true.
There are usually several fresh clearcuts on Whidbey at any given time. Recent clearcuts include those off Bayview Road near Wheel Drive, off Bayview Road near Deer Lagoon Grange Hall, near Admirals Cover off State Highway 20 and on Cultus Bay Road south of State Highway 525. The city of Oak Harbor in February clearcut 40 acres of its property off Sleeper Road.