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Lake Whatcom forest park approved

Mar 13, 2013

In March 2013, the Whatcom County Council approved a lands transfer creating the way for a new Lake Whatcom forest park.

Lake Whatcom forest park approved

Big leaf maple adorned with licorice fern in the new preserve. Photo: Erin Moore

In great news, a new Lake Whatcom Forest Park Preserve has passed muster, creating a new 15 square mile park – the largest local park in the state – to protect the steep forested slopes around Lake Whatcom, between Bellingham Bay and the North Cascades.

On March 12, 2013, the Whatcom County Council approved the lands transfer from state to county of a quarter of the forested acres in the Lake Whatcom watershed, moving forward for clean water, recreation, local economy, and wildlife habitat.

The lands reconveyance had been previously approved by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. The next step for the Lake Whatcom park involves final approval by the Board of Natural Resources, who earlier endorsed the proposal. A suit is being brought against the lands transfer, but is not expected to gain merit or standing.

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