On June 7 the Bothell City Council voted unanimously to move ahead with negotiations with the Boy Scouts of America for purchase of the first 35 acres of North Creek Forest. We are thankful to the council for their support.
The one concern expressed by some members of the council is that this be done without expending money from the city budget. Specifically, appraisal costs either need to be build in to the "deal" or must be covered by private donations. This amount is probably under $5000.
While the city negotiates for the first 35 acres there is more work to be done. We are assisting the city's application for a grant for up to $500,000 and reaching out to the remaining land owners. The landowners have expressed interest in this work. We are seeking every possible creative solution so they can celebrate this conservation with us. This phase will now become the most active part of our work.
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With Gratitude for Your Support,
Friends of North Creek Forest
6/7/2011 02:41:12 pm
I grew up in Bothell, playing in a forest much like North Creek Forest. The benefits of having an intact 65 acre forest, owned by the City, provides opportunity for all residents to have a nexus with nature, close to home. I imagine Bothell in the future, with limited intact forest like this one left for residents to find that nexus. We,as a community should preserve something this unique and beneficial to Bothell's future.
6/8/2011 02:27:54 am
I think an event in the middle of the forest, inviting residents most impacted by development is called for. To celebrate, feel, and touch the forest might prove beneficial for generating more understanding and buy-in and participation.
Sno-King Watershed Council
6/10/2011 01:50:31 pm
Great work! When do we get the tour?
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