The Seattle Times: Saving the Port Gamble Forest, a natural jewel, from development: ‘It’s our heritage and it’s our future’

The Seattle Times
By Lynda V. Mapes

At six times the size of Seattle’s Discovery Park, the Port Gamble Forest is a close-by recreational jewel, at risk of development.

With population pressing in close on these woods and people enjoying them with miles of hiking, mountain bike and equestrian trails, there’s a new vision for the forest: protecting the land from development and restoring it as a more natural forest that will be a green gift to future generations.

A campaign led by Forterra, a nonprofit focused on conservation and sustainability issues, is under way to buy the land to protect it from development. Partners in the effort include the Port Gamble S’Klallam and Suquamish Tribes, local governments and recreation, habitat and land trust interests.

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