What a difference a day makes! Just yesterday the ink showed the Lake Whatcom land transfer as all but a done deal. Today it would appear that the State of Washington’s Department of Natural Resources has no intention of pursuing the land transfer unless:
- The Whatcom County Council asks for it.
- Whatcom County can show how it will make-up for the lost tax revenues to the County from the loss of timber sales and to the local lumber mills.
Yours in Truth, Shelly
JOHN STARK - THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Advocates of the transfer to the county have argued that managing the land for recreation instead of timber harvest would help protect the quality of the lake's water, which is the drinking supply for Bellingham and outlying areas.
But the transfer is still being debated at the county level. Besides the potential loss of timber revenues to the county, school districts and other public agencies, opponents of the transfer have argued that the county isn't ready to take on the cost of managing the property and developing it for public use. Click here to read the full story.