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Hike the missing links!

Hike the missing links!

Posted by Erin Moore at May 09, 2013 05:15 PM |

Visiting the new Lake Whatcom forest park caught me off guard. I couldn't help being reduced to simple exclamations. “Cool! How amazingly cool.”

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Muddying the water

Muddying the water

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Sep 10, 2012 09:45 AM |

Dirty politics is threatening the Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve Park - and it’s critical that you attend a public hearing Tuesday Sept 11 with your friends and family. In its final stages, the process to reconvey state lands to Whatcom County to establish a large forest preserve park has fallen prey to the dirtiest type of political opposition, putting at risk the park itself. Tuesday evening, Whatcom County Council is holding a public hearing, and presumably a vote on whether to proceed with its request to the state to reconvey 8,700 acres (about 14 square miles) of mostly steep-sloped forest on Stewart and Lookout Mountains, on the east and west shores of Lake Whatcom. This vote culminates a process that has taken over five years of open public discussion and thoughtful political leadership.

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Truce Springsteen

Truce Springsteen

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Mar 06, 2012 04:10 PM |

There's an epidemic of illegal riding going on. Unethical ORV riders have created 3,000 to 6,000 miles of illegal trail on Washington state lands (3 to 6 times that of the legal mileage!). Off-road vehicles have cost ranchers and tree farmers millions of dollars annually in property damage and can be a noisy disruption of a quiet backcountry for those who like to hike or hunt. But if that was all fixed, how would we feel about ORVs then? A bill now in Olympia to reduce ORV abuse has a good chance of passing into law. It will require visible license plates on all ORVs and increase infraction fines. These are exactly the tools that experts say will discourage abuse. And with the curbing of ORV abuse, Mitch Friedman offers to call a truce.

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A holiday gift for Whatcom County

A holiday gift for Whatcom County

You can't even hike in the municipal watersheds of Seattle or Portland, much less conduct commercial logging on steep slopes. But around Lake Whatcom, people reside, drive cars and jet skis, and even clear cut steep slopes on public land. We can help ameliorate our declining water quality with a forest preserve.

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Gibraltar Trail excitement, from picks to Pulaskis

Gibraltar Trail excitement, from picks to Pulaskis

Using sweat of their brows and hand tools from picks to Pulaskis, volunteers are turning rock and dirt into a five-star Gibraltar Trail for those on mountain bike and foot. During a time when budget strains have forced trail closures across the region, it’s impressive to see the new trail outside of Republic, WA, being constructed entirely through a unique collaboration of volunteer labor. For the many Westsiders volunteering, the landscape in the Columbia Highlands is a revelation, defying their preconceptions of dry, drab eastern Washington...

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Spectacularly wild recreation

Spectacularly wild recreation

Posted by atheisen at Jan 28, 2011 04:15 PM |

The western edge of the Columbia Highlands offers spectacular scenery, long hiking season, non-existent crowds and abundant wildlife. People from both sides of Washington should go out of their way to discover these wild lands!

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