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March 12 for Whatcom County!

Posted by bchristensen at Feb 17, 2013 02:45 PM |

SAVE THE DATE: March 12 for Whatcom County’s future! The date we’ve all been waiting so long for is finally set: On the evening of March 12, with your help, the Whatcom County Council will vote to approve the land reconveyance to create a Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve Park. Take action soon...

March 12 for Whatcom County!

Lake Whatcom, seen here from Stewart Mtn, is a gem of Whatcom County and worth protecting! Please take action today. Photo: Flickr user jcolman

Update: On March 12, the Whatcom County Council passed, 5 to 2, a resolution to reconvey 8,800 acres of state lands to county control for a low impact park. Wow!

SAVE THE DATE: March 12, 5 pm, for Whatcom County’s future!

The date we’ve all been waiting so long for is finally set: On the evening of March 12, with your help, the Whatcom County Council will vote to approve the land reconveyance to create a Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve Park.

This vote will culminate a year of council deliberation, eight years of county/state process, and 30 years of work since a giant landslide awoke our community to the need for change in how the state manages the steep forested slopes about Lake Whatcom.

One thing we’ve learned is to take nothing for granted. The vote tally will be close. Only you can ensure that this epic opportunity for Bellingham and Whatcom County is not lost.

Support a "Yes!" vote for a new wildland park for Lake Whatcom.

 

Details on testifying
  • It's important to arrive by 5pm to sign in to speak. These lists are first-come, first-served, and the early birds get heard most forcefully. These meetings are always very full, and we want you to be heard!
  • Please be brief and appreciative, 30 seconds is enough for a powerful, personal statement that includes, "Thanks for scheduling this vote on reconveyance. Lake Whatcom is important to me. I hope you'll approve it."

Making a short, succinct, polite comment will have the greatest impact. We will meet in the lobby ahead of time to help guide you.

A 1 minute testimony allows you a little more detail, and is still powerful . For instance, you could say: "My name is Jane Smith, I live at XXX, I own a small business in town. I support the reconveyance because it will reduce landslide risk."  A great testimony features your name, your address and a sentence about who you are, and one more about why you support the Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve Park. Take your pick: Great new trails for low-impact recreation, reduced risk of dangerous landslides, scenery and wildlife, protection of our drinking water, a boost to our local economy, the quality service record of Whatcom Parks, etc.

Directions to the council chambers

 

Questions? Email julia (a) conservationnw.org

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the proposal is in three recent presentations the parks director gave to council

Thank you for supporting the Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve Park!

[RSVP for the meeting] [Take quick action online] [Lake Whatcom Q&A]

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