Issaquah Press: “Agreement protects Squak from logging”

August 6, 2013, Issaquah Press: “Agreement protects Squak from logging”

Peter Clark of the Issaquah Press had a good article this week about the joint success of Trust for Public Land and King County in purchasing the Squak Mountain forest land from Erickson Logging.

Wyatt Golding at the Washington Forest Law Center, which was instrumental in providing pro bono legal services to the effort to stop the proposed logging, gave a shout-out to the Issaquah Alps Trail Club and Save Squak for the grassroots citizen effort:

“Issaquah Alps Trails Club and Save Squak made an enormous difference in this process by reviewing forestry applications and working with WFLC and the Department of Natural Resources to help ensure enforcement of state forestry laws,” Golding said. “Their members are people who live and work in the area immediately surrounding the forest. They used their local knowledge to explain the drastic environmental impacts that would result from logging. We believe those efforts ultimately helped to incentivize a sale.”

Click here to read the complete article in the Issaquah Press.

SUCCESS! Issaquah Press: “Partnership reaches agreement to save Squak Mountain forestland”

July 22, 2013, Issaquah Press: “Partnership reaches agreement to save Squak Mountain forestland”

The Issaquah Press broke the long anticipated news that a deal is finally in place for King County to acquire and protect the vulnerable Squak Mountain forestland with the assistance of the Trust for Public Land:

An agreement has been finalized for permanent public ownership of 216 acres of forestland on Squak Mountain, following several months of negotiations with the landowner.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and The Trust for Public Land announced the agreement, signed July 18, to purchase the forestland for $5 million.

Click to read the complete article at the Issaquah Press.

Click to read the joint King County & Trust for Public Land news release.

 

 

Issaquah Press: “Squak Mountain land saved from logging”

May 14, 2013, Issaquah Press: “Squak Mountain land saved from logging”

Trust for Public Land, King County, steps in with purchase

Issaquah Press reporter Peter Clark writes about the announcement that King County and TPL have a tentative agreement to save Squak Mountain from clear cutting:

Only four days after the state approved Erikson Logging’s application to clear-cut sections of a Squak Mountain parcel, King County announced concrete plans to purchase it from developers.

Since the announcement of the company’s intention to harvest old-growth trees in the area in January, concerted efforts have been made by King County and local group Save Squak to find a way to protect the land. On May 8, the county announced it had struck a deal with the Trust for Public Land, which agreed to buy the 220-acre parcel and accept payment from the county over time.

“I’m really pleased. This has come together very well,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a phone interview. His office and the Parks Department have been the primary driver to find a way to purchase the land. “We thought it would be better to preserve it for recreation and habitat.”

Click to read the full article in the Issaquah Press.

Issaquah Press: “Logging company files new application for Squak Mountain”

Apr 5, 2013, Issaquah Press: “Logging company files new application for Squak Mountain”

The refilling for a clear cut logging permit on Squak Mountain was the subject of a front page article in the Issaquah Press in the Friday, April 5 issue.

Our own Dave Kappler was quoted extensively in the article:

“I’m sure they’ve been working with the WSDNR,” he said of the new application. “It’s definitely less than before, but of the 95 acres, they still plan to clear cut 95 percent of it.”

Click to read the full article in the Issaquah Press.

 

Issaquah Press: “White River purchase leaves logging opponents optimistic”

Apr 2, 2013, Issaquah Press: “White River purchase leaves logging opponents optimistic”

Issaquah Press’ Peter Clark has an excellent story on how King County’s recent purchase of development rights for 43,000 acres in the White River Forest may sound like bad news for proponents trying to save Squak Mountain from logging, it could be a positive sign.

Our own David Kappler was quoted extensively in the story, noting there is a place for industrial logging in King County, but not in urban areas or environmentally sensitive areas.

Click to read the full article a the Issaquah Press.