King County parks host GPS-driven treasure hunt

October 4, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 2012

King County Parks is launching a GPS-driven treasure hunt on Cougar Mountain to recognize land protected in the last 30 years.

Starting Saturday, participants can join the King County Conservation Futures GeoTour. The treasure hunt to 20 King County Parks cache sites is designed to raise awareness about the 111,000 acres of land the Conservation Futures Program has preserved in the last 30 years.

The kickoff is 9 a.m. Saturday at Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

If residents cannot attend the kickoff, they can still participate in the treasure hunt. The initial 190 people to fill a GeoTour Passport with 20 unique stamps found in cache boxes earn a commemorative coin.

Learn more about the King County Conservation Futures GeoTour at http://1.usa.gov/RuWgCx.

The first parkland purchased using Conservation Futures Program dollars consisted of 1,400 acres on Cougar Mountain. The purchase came after a public outcry against a planned housing development. Nowadays, 3,100-acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is the crown jewel in the county parks system.

In the 30 years King County partnered with cities, nonprofit groups, volunteers and civic leaders to protect 99,000 acres of Cascade foothills, 3,200 acres of urban greenbelts and parks, four miles of Puget Sound shoreline and 4,700 acres of habitat along rivers and creeks.

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