Saturday, March 6, 2010

Conservancy Launches 10-Year Vision

In late 2009, the Conservancy launched its 10-year vision for the protection of the Chuckanut Mountains. You can view a detailed map of the proposal at our website, along with a short list of all the great reasons for saving this one-of-a-kind place.

The core of the proposal involves the designation of approximately 3,100 acres of DNR-managed forestland on Blanchard Mountain as a Natural Resources Conservation Area, plus the acquisition of another 1,000-plus acres of adjoining private commercial timber land. Under the proposal, more than 5,000 acres of working forest in the Chuckanuts would remain available for timber harvest (although some say we should protect it all!).

The areas most deserving of protection include a number of small lakes and wetland complexes, steep slopes, remarkable geology, trails and views, maturing forest and rich wildlife habitat corridors that connect to Larrabee State Park and other protected wildlands. The proposal also protects critical headwaters of Oyster Creek, Lake Samish and Samish Bay. Acquisition of a 200-300 acres on the ridge above Lake Samish would provide additional watershed protection for the lake, as well as long-awaited trail connections between Lake Samish Park, Mud Lake and the Pine and Cedar Lakes Trail system.
But we need your support to make it happen. Please donate today!

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