City renames forestland for former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry

August 18, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2011

City Council members recognized Maureen McCarry on Monday by renaming a forested tract on Squak Mountain for the former councilwoman.

The change renamed the 40-acre Issaquah 69 parcel as McCarry Woods. The designation recognizes McCarry’s efforts as a councilwoman to acquire and preserve a key wildlife habitat and trail access to Squak Mountain State Park.

The city acquired the land in August 2007 as part of the Cougar-Squak Mountains Wildlife Corridor project. The forested land is just east of Squak Mountain Loop Southwest in the Forest Rim neighborhood high on Squak Mountain. McCarry is a Forest Rim resident.

In addition to preserving wildlife habitat, the acquisition protected a piece of the Bullitt Fireplace Trail — a link to the state park from Mountainside Drive Southwest.

Mayor Ava Frisinger appointed a citizen committee early last month to select a name for the property. The committee included representatives from the municipal Park Board, Issaquah History Museums and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. The group recommended for renaming the Issaquah 69 land for McCarry.

“Councilmember McCarry was instrumental, and led the council, in approving the acquisition of this important piece of wildlife habitat land and ensuring that public trail access into the state park was forever protected,” the council legislation states.

McCarry resigned from the council in December 2010 as symptoms from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, progressed. (The council later appointed attorney Stacy Goodman to the Position 5 seat.)

In March, Frisinger declared March 21 as Maureen McCarry Day on the same day the former councilwoman received the city’s top environmental honor, the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community.

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