King County Proposition 1, the Parks Levy passed overwhelmingly with over 70% of the vote cast. The Parks Levy is key for saving the Squak Mountain parcels from clear cutting. It is one of the funding sources for King County to acquire the land from the Trust for Public Land which is facilitating the preservation by buying the land from Erickson Logging and holding onto it until King County can budget the necessary funds.
Many thanks to all the voters in King County who helped pass the Parks Levy. You not only helped Save Squak, but you have helped many other worthy projects focused on preserving park land for current and future generations.
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.
The Squak Mountain forest parcels were saved from clear cutting because The Trust for Public Land has agreed to purchase the land and hold it for later purchase by King County. Funding for the King County purchase will come, in part, from a renewed parks levy.
The Park Levy is not a new tax but is a renewal of two expiring levies. Funds from the levy are used to:
- Keep King County parks clean, open and safe
- Complete missing links in the regional trail system
- Pay for critical repairs and maintenance
- Fund local city parks and Woodland Park Zoo
To ensure the Squak Mountain forest lands are acquired and preserved, King County must have adequate funds. Please cast a “Yes” vote for the Parks Levy, Proposition No. 1, in the August 6 primary. Don’t forget to mark and mail your ballots in before Tuesday. Thank you!
WHEN YOU VOTE, remember that King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn pledged his support to Save Squak early and publicly, in a February 19th speech given to the Issaquah City Council.
WHEN YOU VOTE, remember that King County Executive Dow Constantine signed the agreement with the Trust for Public Land and landowner/logger Kurt Erickson, agreeing to purchase the 216 acres of threatened land on Squak Mountain.
Save Squak endorses both Reagan Dunn and Dow Constantine in their bids for re-election and Save Squak lauds them for their conservation efforts here and throughout Greater Seattle.