June 10, 2015, Issaquah Reporter: “Cougar/Squak Corridor Park south expansion opens to the public”
Daniel Nash of the Issaquah Reporter wrote a great article about the opening of the new Cougar/Squak Corridor Park and discussed how Dave Kappler of the Issaquah Alps Trail Club and our grassroots organization, Save Squak, were instrumental in stopping the proposed logging of Squak Mountain and sparking the creation of this new park.
In November 2012, Kappler found out from others in the community that the old Issaquah Highlands Recreational Club had been purchased by Erickson Logging Inc.
Over the subsequent half-year, the company applied multiple times with the state Department of Natural Resources to harvest the land’s timber, some of which were accepted. However, the Trails Club and grassroots organization Save Squak continued to lobby King County to purchase the land.
The county didn’t have immediate funds to purchase the land, but the club and Save Squak attracted the attention of the Washington Trails Association and The Trust for Public Land.
The Trust for Public Land eventually made a deal in July 2013 to purchase the land on behalf of King County for $5 million. King County acquired the land in December 2014 after completing repayment to The Trust for Public Land.
Read the full Issaquah Reporter article by clicking here.