Join leaders at McCarry Woods dedication on Squak Mountain

November 8, 2011

By Staff

Citizens can join former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry and other leaders to dedicate McCarry Woods, a Squak Mountain forest protected as public land.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 12, rain or shine, at the end of Sierra Court Southwest near the city sign for the property.

In August, City Council members renamed the forested tract for McCarry.

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.

McCarry resigned from the council in December 2010 as symptoms from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, progressed.

The former councilwoman also received the top environmental honor in Issaquah — the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community — for efforts as a public official and city resident to preserve open space.

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