Property Acquisition Helps Secure Wild Sky Wilderness

Property Acquisition Helps Secure Wild Sky Wilderness

Nov. 16, 2010


Snohomish County, WA  – The Wilderness Land Trust and The United States Forest Service announce the protection of a 113-acre property in the Wild Sky Wilderness in Snohomish County, Washington with the transfer of the property from The Wilderness Land Trust to the United States for inclusion in the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness.  

 

The property is located in the Bitter Creek drainage a few miles upstream of the North Fork Skykomish River.  The Skykomish drains a vast watershed on the edge of the Cascades just outside of Seattle.   The property contains a thick canopy of Douglas fir, silver fir, cedar, and mountain hemlock and expansive views of the surrounding mountain peaks.

 

The transfer completes a process that started in August of 2006 when The Wilderness Land Trust purchased the property from a private seller.  The Trust’s acquisition of the property helped the Wild Sky designation move forward to a successful completion in 2008. The purchase also allowed the Forest Service to terminate an existing road right of way that had been used in the mid 1900s for timber harvests.  The old road can now be used for a trail into the wilderness.

 

"This acquisition would not have been possible without the strong partnership of the Wilderness Land Trust and the support of the many within the environmental community. This is a wonderful legacy for the Wild Sky Wilderness," said Rob Iwamoto, Forest Supervisor for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.    

 

“The Wilderness Land Trust is pleased to assist the Forest Service with this transaction.  With the private property now becoming part of the wilderness and the road going away, the quick-growing Cascade forest will soon return the Wild Sky to its natural condition,” said David Kirk, Senior Lands Specialist for the Trust.  “These transactions take a while, but the long-term result of secured wilderness makes it all worthwhile.  I highly recommend a hike up into this area.”

 

You can reach the Wild Sky by following US Highway 2 toward Stevens Pass out of the Seattle area.  See attached map.


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