State buys land near middle fork of Snoqualmie River
Once destined for development, 82 acres of timberland neighboring the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River will now be preserved by the state and managed by the Department of Natural Resources, according to a press release.
The acreage includes the popular Mailbox Peak trailhead area, and had been owned and harvested by local timber companies for more than a century.
“We are delighted to add this property to the conservation area,” said Brock Milliern, DNR recreation manager in the press release.
“It’s a natural gateway to some of Washington state’s most beautiful trails. We needed to improve the access points and amenities to serve the growing number of recreation users — now we have room to do this,” he said.
The Trust for Public Land negotiated the purchase with assistance from King County as well as DNR.
The Trust for Public Land helped establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway — a 1.5 million acre landscape connecting Puget Sound to central Washington — 25 years ago, and working together will explore operations for the property, including restoring roads and access points from remaining timber harvesting to build trails that are easy to travel for people with disabilities.
Jon Hoekstra, executive director of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust said that the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River is one of the most popular destinations in the greenway. “It’s an easy drive from Seattle, and only minutes from North Bend’s restaurants and shops. These parcels sit right at the entry of this amazing wild valley and it is a real win to see them remain as a forested gateway for generations to come,” he said.