Property Acquisition Protects Silver Creek in Wild Sky Wilderness

Property Acquisition Protects Silver Creek in Wild Sky Wilderness

Nov. 07, 2011


Snohomish County, WA  – The Wilderness Land Trust and The United States Forest Service announce the protection of a 111-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 Silver Creek drainage a few miles downstream of Poodle Dog Pass.   A thick canopy of Douglas fir, silver fir, cedar, and mountain hemlock border an important stretch of Silver Creek.   Silver Creek lies below 6,100-foot Silvertip peak and catches close to 200 inches of moisture annually, providing the water flow necessary for the salmon which spawn in the connected North Fork Skykomish River.  The area provides a great hiking destination within close proximity to Seattle, and links to the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Area to the north creating a 2.6 million-acre wilderness habitat corridor in the northern Cascades.

 

The transfer is the third property in the Wild Sky Wilderness protected by the partnership between The Wilderness Land Trust and The United States Forest Service, bringing the total to 424 acres of acquired land.  The purchase helps to remove the threat of a renewed interest in mining in the area due to increasing mineral values.

 

"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.    

 

“Thanks to the strong commitment of the US Forest Service, we are making substantial progress in completing the Wild Sky Wilderness,” said David Kirk, Senior Lands Specialist for the Trust.  “The Silver Creek parcel protects a critical valley below Poodle Dog Pass, and provides us the foundation for additional acquisitions to complete this wilderness watershed.”

 

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


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