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Good News for Blanchard Mtn

Apr 26, 2007

The Commissioner of Public Lands accepted the recommendations of the Blanchard Strategies Group and the Washington State Legislature passed a Capital Budget Bill that includes $4 million to purchase private lands in the Chuckanuts to support timberlands over sprawl.

Habitat over sprawl

Waterfall on Blanchard Mountain. Photo by Chris GoodenowIn the spring of 2007 two major events occurred to benefit the Chuckanut Mountains for generations to come. the Washington State Legislature passed a capital budget bill that includes $4 million for expanding the Blanchard State Forest by buying nearby timberlands that are otherwise at risk of development. Grouping land allocations into large swaths of public ownership in the Chuckanuts is an important step to keeping its forests intact and stopping encroaching development. Please take a moment to thank legislators for protecting Blanchard Mountain!

The Commissioner of Public Lands also announced his decision to accept the recommendations of the Blanchard Strategies Group.

The funding equates to 300 acres or more of private timberland to be purchased by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These lands will be logged (under DNR’s HCP and other rules: an improvement over the land’s present private management), but will never be developed. This will be the primary legacy of the Blanchard Strategies Group Agreement – a broad swath of the Chuckanuts retained in forest, not development.

Over the next 5 years the Blanchard Strategies Group plans to ask for a total of $12 million more to purchase lands in the Chuckanuts, lands at the highest risk of development in the Pacific Northwest.

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