Forterra land purchase will protect 376 acres of land from development
Nonprofit group Forterra recently purchased 376 acres of land — 300 acres of which is old growth forest — around the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers. The land will be permanently protected from development.
Finalized Dec. 29, the purchase included 220 acres around Blethen Lake and 156 acres around Titicaed Creek. The Blethen Lake parcel is located in the upper Quartz Creek area in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley. It will be added to the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation area. The Titicaed Creek parcel is located in the North Fork Tolt River watershed and has never been logged.
The properties provide high quality habitat for pikas, black bears, wolverines, pine martens, cougars and a wide variety of birds, including northern spotted owls and marbled murrelets. Old growth trees on the properties include western hemlock, silver fir, 500-year-old cedar and Douglas firs that measure six feet in diameter.
Contributions to Forterra, including $1.2 million in grant funding to the Washington Department of Natural Resources from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, helped secure the purchase of the properties. Both parcels were bought from Renton company Cugini Land and Timber, which has owned, logged and milled timber for three generations.
“Thanks to the outstanding efforts of Forterra and the partnerships they have forged, these treasured properties are assured permanent protection from development,” said Peter Goldmark, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands.