Why timber sale agreement on trust land near Wallace Falls State Park fell through February 12, 2017
Snohomish County Council member Sam Low. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(EVERETT, WA.) -- In his February newsletter Snohomish County Council Member Sam Low provided his take on why the recent timber sale agreement on trust land near Wallace Falls State Park fell through.
It is reprinted below:
"Some of you may be aware of the Singletary sale that was to take place this month. For those of you who are not, I will give you a background.
The Department of Natural Resources manages this trust land for Snohomish County and the timber sale provide monies for local junior taxing districts, (school, library and fire districts to name a few).
This sale has been controversial due to its proximity to Wallace State Falls Park and the trail system in this area.
On January 26th we met with a group of concerned citizens and worked on a compromise to this sale. With this information I drove to Olympia the next day and met with our new Lands Commissioner Hillary Franz.
We discussed this innovative proposal and last week my office worked with Executive Somers and Council to put forward a resolution to hold off on 25 acres of this sale for four years to safe guard the trail system. I am happy to say it passed 5 – 0!
This week I went down to Olympia to testify at the DNR Board of Natural Resources meeting to see if they would be willing to postpone the sale one month to preserve these 25 acres.
I testified for about an hour and for an unknown reason the board voted 4 -2 against our resolution. All I can say is I am very disappointed.
Executive Somers released this statement about the vote:
“Snohomish County is disappointed in today’s decision by the DNR Board of Natural Resources. For ten years, efforts have been made to find a compromise that balances good stewardship of our natural resources with appropriate land management. It took Snohomish County Councilmember Sam Low, the City of Sultan, the environmental community, and many concerned citizens years of work to craft a reasonable compromise. The Board of Natural Resources ignored both the needs of a local community and a sensible solution.”
So many people worked on a bi-partisan solution to this situation and we were all disappointed."