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.
Whatcom County and the Whatcom Land Trust will use this grant funding to purchase a forestland conservation easement on about 160 acres of privately-owned forestland near the City of Bellingham. This property contains a significant portion of the headwaters of Squalicum Creek and the landowner plans to continue opportunities for recreational opportunities including horseback riding, hiking, and camping. This project permanently extinguishes eight development rights ensuring that the property will be available for timber production in perpetuity.