Squalicum Forestry Conservation Easement

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Whatcom County of Category: Forestland Preservation WWRP Grant: $ 350,000.00 Applicant Match: 398000 Project Type: Acquisition County: Whatcom Legislative District: 40 Status: Active RCO Project # 19-1330

Location Details

Driveway access is located near a large yellow building with a Circle F sign on it. One of the houses up the driveway has a significant castle-like turret on the road side. This house is on the Historic Register as the Foster House.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.