Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What a difference in a day!

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.

Thank you to whomever came down on the side of reason for this stance.Sus Devp (small)

Yours in Truth,  Shelly

State board tables Lake Whatcom land transfer


For the second time, the Washington Board of Natural Resources has tabled a land reorganization measure that would have cleared the way for transfer of about 8,000 acres of the Lake Whatcom watershed to Whatcom County for parks.

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.

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