Forterra purchased 190 acres of land in September to permanently preserve a popular hiking trail near Index, Wash.
Editor’s note: The attached video originally aired August 16, 2017 when Forterra learned the Lake Serene trail was in jeopardy.
Land conservancy group Forterra has purchased 190 acres from Weyerhaeuser to permanently preserve the area around Lake Serene in Snohomish County, the organization announced Friday.
Over 45,000 hikers visit the Lake Serene trail off Highway 2 each year.
Land near the trailhead is federally owned, but Weyerhaeuser owned part of the trail about a quarter mile up. The 190-acre purchase covers the last section of the Lake Serene trail that was under private ownership.
Forterra closed on the property at the end of September for nearly $617,000, according to Forterra Vice President of Communications Michael Beneke.