February 25, 2002
Cascade Land Conservancy preserves Middle Fork Valley Wilderness
Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC) announced earlier this month that it has successfully completed the preservation of 150.7 acres of high alpine wilderness in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River valley.
The protected property is in close proximity to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, a destination for many thousands of hikers each year. This acquisition completes the first phase of an initiative by CLC to purchase over 1,000 acres of private in-holdings in the valley and transfer the land to the United States Forest Service (USFS) for public recreational use.
"Saving these pieces of the beautiful Granite Creek basin at the edge of metropolis is a miracle of persistence and cooperation," said Jim Ellis, former President of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. "The Forest Service will hold and protect this treasure for generations to come, thanks to the dedication and skill of the Cascade Land Conservancy and an appropriation of federal Land and Water Conservation funds led by former senator Slade Gorton."
CLC worked in partnership with MidFORC and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust in planning and executing the transaction. Generous contributions from several donors and a loan from the Paul G. Allen Forest Protection Foundation allowed CLC to acquire the property until USFS funding was available.
CLC initially acquired the property in April 2001 for $225,000 and resold to the USFS in December for $224,000. This acquisition will protect steep alpine terrain surrounding Granite Lakes. Portions of the property can be accessed through the Dirty Harry Trail, providing extravagant views across the valley.