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Land conservancy Forterra buys 190 acres to permanently protect Lake Serene Trail

The hiking trail, east of the town of Gold Bar, travels through thick timber to Lake Serene, a spot at the foot of Mount Index. Seattle-based land conservancy Forterra closed last month on its purchase of 190 acres of land from timber company Weyerhaeuser to preserve the popular Lake Serene ...
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Fear of flooding has Washington town mulling a move

The mayor of Hamilton, Washington wants to up and move the town center to avoid future flooding. Hamilton, Washington has a history with floods that runs nearly as deep as the town itself. Founded in 1877, it's first major flood was just 20 years later. On average, the town experiences ...
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The natural legacy we leave to future generations shouldn’t be part of the D.C. political scrum

Protecting our land and water used to be above politics. It should be again. Iroquois wisdom held that we should think ahead seven generations. Today, too often, we seem challenged to think ahead even one. The consequences fall not only on our kids, but the new generation of other species, ...
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South King County tries to ride the development wave. Will an immigrant community be crushed?

People priced out of Seattle have long turned to South King County. But things are changing. Amid Tukwila’s dreams of transformation, penthouses at one new development go for $6,000 a month, while immigrants who invested in the city when few would may be pushed out. Ten years ago, Abdi Mohamed ...
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The Best Day Hike Near Seattle

A hike to Lake Serene brings hard-earned rewards Getting to Lake Serene might just be the best day hike in the world, given the mix of hearty exercise, conifer-tinged fresh air, sweeping views and, of course, the big payoff at the end: a dip in one of the prettiest alpine ...
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Expanded program protects even more farmland from sprawl

But supporters say there is a scarcity of areas where the purchased development rights can be used. ARLINGTON — Third-generation farmer Andrew Albert knew of a time when more than a dozen dairy farms dotted the roads to his family’s house and land in Arlington. None remains as residential neighborhoods ...
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