Featuring healthy forests, large meadows and a small lake, the land is home to black bear, cougar, bobcat, plus numerous bird species and other wildlife. The property recently served as a private wedding venue and sits at the base of the Cascade foothills, just east of Enumclaw.
“Preserving this open space and forestland protects wildlife habitat while increasing public recreational opportunities for generations to come – and we thank Forterra for their continued willingness to work with us for the greater good of the community and the environment,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.
“We are so pleased to have teamed up with King County Parks to secure this keystone place as a community asset,” said Forterra President Gene Duvernoy. “More than that, securing this land provides a great connection to lowland forests, provides a habitat buffer between Enumclaw and working forestlands, and provides public access to a network of recreational trails in the 80,000-acre White River Forest.”
Forterra purchased the land, and will hold the property while King County Parks raises the $1.59 million purchase amount to reimburse us.
A portion of the County’s reimbursement is expected to include funds from the voter-approved 2014-19 King County Parks Levy, which is used to help fund open space acquisitions and maintenance. King County is also pursuing grant funding to cover a portion of the Enumclaw property purchase price.
Public use of the property will be allowed once the land is under King County Parks ownership, at which point Parks will host community meetings to gather ideas and plans for uses and amenities.
Securing this large property in southeast King County will provide more regional recreational opportunities to residents while also protecting the forest from development.
"...securing this land provides a great connection to lowland forests, provides a habitat buffer between Enumclaw and working forestlands, and provides public access to a network of recreational trails in the 80,000-acre White River Forest.”