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State DNR land purchase benefits county residents

 

June 9, 2011



Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon and Council Chairman Dave Somers applauded the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Board’s decision Tuesday to help purchase nearly 2,900 acres near Lake Roesiger for conservation and park purposes.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) agreed Tuesday to buy 2,845 acres, located west of Lake Roesiger between Dubuque Road and Carpenter Road – property that had once been planned for development and will now be open space.

Last week, Snohomish County agreed to purchase a 200-acre conservation easement on part of that land as well as an additional 40 acres for camping and hiking. The remainder of the DNR land will be managed for timber.

“This cooperative effort has led to new recreational uses benefiting Snohomish County residents as well as those living throughout the state,” Reardon said.

“This is a great day for Snohomish County,” Somers said. “We’ve transformed what had been a bad development proposal for county taxpayers into nearly 3,000 acres of wonderful new public open space that will provide our residents with new recreational opportunities while protecting valuable timber lands for generations to come.”

Snohomish County has worked closely with the DNR and Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC) for months to secure this private property for public ownership. The CLC has served as an agent negotiating purchase terms to assist in the land’s conservation.

“This is a great example of partners coming together to create a real win for our community,” said Gene Duvernoy, President of Cascade Land Conservancy. “This project is a significant step toward achieving the goals of the Cascade Agenda, a 100-year vision to protect our region’s vulnerable farms and forests while improving the quality of life in our communities.”

The DNR will pay $6.6 million for its portion of the purchase followed by the county’s investment of nearly $1.4 million. County funding comes from its Conservation Futures Program, which provides for the purchase of land for conservation, protection and preservation of open space, timber lands, wetlands and farm lands.

Snohomish County, through its Parks and Recreation department, will work closely with the DNR concerning future public uses of this property.

For more information, contact Tom Teigen, the county’s parks director, at 425-388-6600 or tom.teigen@snoco.org.

 

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