State approves purchase of 460 acres of forest near North Bend

March 13, 2013

By Staff

The state Board of Natural Resources approved the purchase March 5 of 460 acres of forestland in two parcels located west of North Bend.

The $1.18 million to purchase the property comes from a fund dedicated to replacing trust land in the Common School Trust, which helps build public schools statewide, according to a press release.

“This is an opportunity to protect salmon habitat and clean water in the Raging River drainage while generating long-term revenue for public school construction,” Peter Goldmark, commissioner of public lands, said in the release.

The state Department of Natural Resources will manage the land as a working forest.

The acquisition from a willing, private seller also enhances DNR’s access to working forestland on neighboring state trust lands in the Tiger Mountain-Raging River State Forest.

Eventually, the purchased land could enhance public opportunities for hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing and other types of nonmotorized recreation.

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One Response to “State approves purchase of 460 acres of forest near North Bend”

  1. Judy Tooley on March 13th, 2013 2:22 pm

    Thank you for preserving our forests!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I live in Kent and all the forests are gone due to development of strip mall, low income housing and apartments. Our forrests are disappearing and one day, they’ll all be gone. Thank you again for leaving these for the wildlife and public to enjoy.

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