One of my friends lives in a clearcut — it’s not as bad as it sounds — in central Snohomish County. House on 5 acres out in the country, can’t see any of his neighbors in the development, lots of wildlife, nice place.
Not too far to the south, the state Department of Natural Resources recently bought 2,845 acres, a move that, in part, keeps homes from ever similarly dotting the logged-over uplands just west of Lake Roesiger.
At one point, the owner of the property wanted to put a monstrous 6,000-home mini city in there. But two years ago, the plan for what was later called “one of the worst development ideas in county history” fell apart.
Earlier this year, DNR pooled their money with the county, and now the agency will hold a media tour next Tuesday to showcase the buy for which it contributed $6.58 million.
According to a press release sent out yesterday, the forest “will be managed to provide revenue for public school construction, habitat, and clean water plus providing additional opportunities for public recreation.”
While a master plan is developed, the site will be closed, but DNR spokesman Bryan Flynt says it will be accessible on foot by hunters — not that state foresters think there’s a lot of game, he says.
A PowerPoint document from a DNR commission meeting shows that there are over 1,300 acres of Doug firs 25 years old or less — that thick, closed-canopy stuff that doesn’t make for good habitat — and another 1,000 acres of alders and other deciduous trees the same age. About 58 acres are 25 to 31 years old.
“There are not a lot of tall trees; harvesting is decades away,” says Flynt.
That said, with how many critters creep around my buddy’s place up the road and “flying” over parts of the land in Bing Map’s “birds eye” view, my sadomasochistic desire to hunt blacktail has been reignited.