April 15, 2014
Turns out you can fight City Hall after all
While it may be true that you can’t fight City Hall and win, you might be able to win it over.
So, it seems, is the case with Save Squak in its battle over Squak Mountain land that was set for logging a little more than a year ago.
In January 2013, 15-year Squak Mountain resident Helen Farrington was concerned that clear-cutting 216 acres of forest could impact a fork of May Creek. Salmon had just returned to the area, and residents feared that with logging, they would be gone again.
April 8, 2014
A public celebration is set to commemorate preservation of 226 acres of high-quality forestland in the Issaquah Alps — the result of a partnership between King County and The Trust for Public Land.
The acquisition adds to King County’s Cougar-Squak Corridor parkland. The area was set for logging more than a year ago.
“Our partnership to protect Squak Mountain’s irreplaceable fish and wildlife habitat is cause for celebration,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “I want to thank The Trust for Public Land and the people of King County on behalf of generations who will enjoy hiking, viewing wildlife and other recreation in this forest.”
April 30, 2013
Expiration of the county’s park levy seems to spell the greatest threat to preventing logging on Squak Mountain.
Early April 27, the King County Conservation Futures Citizens Committee took a trip up to the parcel that could face clear-cutting by landowner Erikson Logging Inc. through an application process begun in January.
The group has a mandate to fund projects with dollars raised from the Conservation Futures Tax that protects open King County green space or saves it from development. The county’s Parks Department and a local advocacy group, Save Squak, hope to convince the county to purchase the 220 acres. Unfortunately, there is a lot of competition.
April 5, 2013
NEW — at 1:59 p.m., April 5 2012
Erickson Logging Inc. turned in a new application to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, seeking logging rights to Squak Mountain on April 2, not two weeks after the removal of their first.
The revised forest practices application differentiates itself from the former in several key areas. The most notable change is the halving of projected harvest acreage, from 195 acres of the parcel’s available 216 to 95 acres. It also stipulates that the steep gradient of the land will necessitate extra equipment, something the previous application failed to list. In addition, the proposed road construction needed was greatly reduced, from 3,800 to 1,900 feet.
April 2, 2013
While King County’s recent purchase of development rights for 43,000 acres in the White River Forest may sound like bad news for proponents trying to save Squak Mountain from logging, it could be a positive sign.
With Erickson Logging operators planning to harvest the 216 acres soon, local residents and downstream property owners have shown increasing concern for the effects logging would have on the ecology and value of living in the area.
On March 21, the county paid $11.1 million to the Hancock Timber Resources Group for the development rights to the forest south of Enumclaw.