EDITORIAL: Win-win for protecting Klickitat County site
The Columbia Land Trust has spearheaded a plan to protect a swath of forest along the Klickitat River, generating a win-win situation for several groups with differing interests in the area. A grant of $3.975 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund will allow the state to secure the remote 9,000-acre site in northern Klickitat County, protecting it from the development of second homes or resorts.
While the plan will prevent development from soiling the region, it also will allow timber harvests to continue and it will maintain access for hunting and fishing. The win-win nature of the project is reflected by the fact that it is supported by Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, as well as Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. "I think that you get this agreed-upon view that we'd sure hate to lose this," said Cherie Kearney, forestry initiative director for the Columbia Land Trust.