Wyatt Golding '11 Secures Agreement to Protect Squak Mt. from Logging - Issaquah Press
After months of negotiation, King County reached a definitive deal with the Trust for Public Land to purchase the land from Erickson Logging for $5 million. Through the July 18 agreement, the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that purchases land for conservation, would buy the parcel as early as 2014 and then the county would make payments over time to obtain ownership.
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club and its sister-group Save Squak were delighted with the news. Wyatt Golding, staff attorney at the Washington Forest Law Center, praised the groups for their work.
“Issaquah Alps Trails Club and Save Squak made an enormous difference in this process by reviewing forestry applications and working with WFLC and the Department of Natural Resources to help ensure enforcement of state forestry laws,” Golding said. “Their members are people who live and work in the area immediately surrounding the forest. They used their local knowledge to explain the drastic environmental impacts that would result from logging. We believe those efforts ultimately helped to incentivize a sale.”