Forestland Preservation grants help improve opportunities for forest management activity and improve the long-term growth and harvest of timber. These projects help protect many different kinds of forests, including, but not limited to, large-scale industrial forests, small private landowner forests, community forests, and tribally - or publicly-owned and managed forests.
This project will acquire a conservation easement on 320 acres of commercial timberlands near and along 0.7 miles of Busy Wild Creek and 1.4 miles of its feeder streams, which are in the Mashel River sub-basin of the Nisqually River Watershed. The easement will enhance habitat protection already in place on 2.4 miles of Busy Wild Creek immediately below the target property to extend and buffer federal, state, and local protected habitat for northern spotted owls, marbled murrelets, and steelhead trout. The property has steep, unstable slopes and the easement will maintain the property as working forest with management designed to increase streamflow and improve water quality while also permanently protecting approximately one mile of the most popular section of the Mount Tahoma Trails hut-to-hut cross-country ski trail. The primary opportunities provided by this project is forestland conservation and passive winter recreation.