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DNR Votes to Allow Reconveyance of 8,800 Acres to Whatcom County Parks

Last week the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met to make a determination to approve, or disapprove, Whatcom County’s request to Reconvey the 8,800 acres of Lake Whatcom Resources Lands back under the management of Whatcom County.  The DNR approved this action based largely upon the statements encapsulated here: I am sorry to say that your vote on the Reconveyance did matter, even though you say it would have passed no matter how you voted.  It might have not passed today at the BNR Meeting in Olympia, but they said it passed our County Council by a Super Majority Vote. So they felt they had to go along with the County Council wishes, even though some on the Board of Natural Resources had miss-giving’s about approving the Reconveyance. Tom DeLuca, Director School of Environmental & Forestry Sciences, College of the Environment, University of Washington, Vice Chair of the Board of Natural Resources, questioned the whole ethics and voted NO. The Honorable F. Lee Grose, Lewis County Commissioner, Chehalis, Washington Board Member of Natural Resources, questioned the whole ethics and then voted Yes only because a SUPER Majority of the Whatcom County Council voted for the Reconveyance.  (Commissioner Grose is on …

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Local Land Specialist petitions GMHB to challenge the Counties approval to Reconvey Ag-Forest Trust Lands in the Watershed

Whatcom County Budget Proposal for Lake Whatcom Reconveyance VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL Local land specialist and Whatcom County resident, Jack Petree, has been very vocal about his opposition of the Lake Whatcom Watershed – Reconveyance that was approved by the Whatcom County Council, on March 12th, 2013.  Many people stood up to be heard on this issue.  All of the following comments came from a wide segment of society who were not organized, did not publish form letters, who spoke-out on their own time and own dime.  They showed up to speak out and bring to the Council their concerns from many different perspectives, such as; The County doesn’t take care of and maintain the park land it currently owns. It will decimate what’s left of agricultural forested land in Whatcom County (or Washington State for that matter) and the GMA mandates that all agricultural resources are to be preserved, because logging will not be permitted if this property is converted to park land. If you turn this over to a forest preserve, or forest-park preserve, what about the hunting and fishing?  Will these activities still be allowed if the County takes possession? What happens if the County transfers …

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Why I would “Vote No,” on the Lake Whatcom Reconveyance

Image of Clark’s Point, from WLT website at www.whatcomlandtrust.org Dear Council and Executive Louws; Another day.  Another letter.  I’ve followed the Reconveyance discussion for the past 2 years and this is why I would “Vote No” for the Reconveyance: Whatcom County currently holds approx. 7400 acres in park land (4 x’s more than any other county in Washington State). Whatcom County has developed for public utilization approx. 1900 acres of the 7400 acres (that’s a lot of under-utilized property). If the trust land is conveyed back to Whatcom County, the County will be responsible for 16,200 acres  in park land (8x’s more than any other county in Washington State). The Department of Ecology is on record that, “the Reconveyance of this land will not improve Lake Whatcom water quality.” The financial presentation by Whatcom County Parks has moved the target from a 5 to 10 year cost projection and development; to a 15 to 30 year cost projection and development. Presently the land is available for low impact recreational activity. Presently the DNR manages a selective logging practice to benefit the trust holders (that’s all of us). Presently the State has the obligation to pay for any landslides that occur …

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