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Trees Cleared As Seaside Schools Eye Move Out Of Tsunami Zone


Seaside school board members survey the site for a new school district campus as it is logged and developed.

Seaside school board members survey the site for a new school district campus as it is logged and developed.

Colin Murphey/The Daily Astorian

The new Seaside School District campus sits 200 to 300 feet above sea level with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.

The breathtaking beauty is not only a reminder of life on the coast, but the earthquake and tsunami danger that prompted the move to higher ground. “Yes, this view is nice, but the nicest thing about this is our schools not being wiped out by a big wave,” Seaside School District Superintendent Sheila Roley said. “We needed new schools, but safety for all kids was the catalyst.”

Forty-two acres of the city’s largely wooded backdrop have been logged and cleared so far to make way for the schools. On a tour through a maze of logging roads Thursday to check progress, school board members saw an undefined field of stumps, interrupted only by loggers and equipment loading the last of the timber.

The property is part of an 80-acre site given to the school district by Weyerhaeuser, which will sell the timber to local distributors.

Read more at the Daily Astorian.

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