State buys 80 acres of forest near Monroe

  • Sun Dec 12th, 2010 9:39pm
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By Alejandro Dominguez Herald Writer

MONROE— The state Department of National Resources this week was given approval to buy 80 acres of forestland for $287,000 from private owners.

“We did not want to see it developed into housing,” spokesman Bob Redling said.

The parcel was at high potential for development because of an existing road and utility access. Two houses could have been built on the land, Redling said.

By preventing development, the water supply from Lake Chaplain is better protected from possible contamination, Redling said.

The parcel is bordered on three sides by state trust land. The city of Everett also owns adjacent land.

Natural Resources will assume management of the property. There are no plans for any kind of work or construction of facilities, but it could be logged in the future.

The parcel will be accessible from a county road between Woods Creek Road and Lake Chaplain Road. Until the purchase is completed in a few weeks, access is blocked by a gate on a private road.

“It’s classic forest land,” Redling said.

Negotiations to buy the land started in spring 2009. It is 9 miles northeast of Monroe, close to the road and hidden by trees.

In recent years, the state agency has become more active in buying land to keep undeveloped. In 2009, it purchased 290 acres near Jim Creek from several owners. In 2008, almost 1,000 acres were bought form a timber company at Bear Creek. Both of these lands are in Arlington.

“We place priority in keeping good forest land as working land,” Redling said.

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@heraldnet.com.