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Dear Neighbor:

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Yesterday I was proud to help announce an agreement to permanently protect the 43,000 acres of the White River Forest from development. This site is east of Enumclaw and roughly twice the size of Bellevue.

The land is owned and operated by the Hancock Timber Resource Group, and is located along scenic Highway 410, which takes motorists to Crystal Mountain ski resort in the winter and over Chinook pass in the summer.

The agreement, which must still be approved by the Council, would purchase the development rights to the property from Hancock Timber using existing funding sources such as the Conservation Futures Fund.

The White River Forest is a critical component to a large north-south wildlife habitat link that connects Mount Rainier National Park in the south to the upper Green and Cedar River watersheds in the north. It is also an important east-west wildlife corridor.

This land protection deal ensures that the White River Forest remains a working forest that encompasses all the economic and conservation principles that are important to thriving forest lands. The sale preserves both local jobs and areas where county residents currently enjoy various outdoor recreation activities.

King County has consistently been a leader in protecting open space and working forests. Whether it is this preservation of nearly 43,000 acres from Hancock Timber in the White River Forest or the 3,500 acres along the Raging River, King County and the County Council are demonstrating our priorities are in the right place.

For more information watch the press conference from yesterday or read more coverage from the Seattle Times.

Please feel to e-mail me at reagan.dunn@kingcounty.gov or call my office at (206) 296-1009 if you have any questions regarding this or any other matter involving county government.

Best regards,


Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember, District 9

Special Announcement:
Join us for an Upcoming Town Hall Meeting in Fairwood
Please join Councilmember Reagan Dunn and King County Sheriff John Urquhart for a town hall meeting. This event provides the opportunity for you to discuss County services and recent events in Fairwood and to ask questions of your elected officials and King County department representatives.

When: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Where: Fairwood Elementary School
16600 148th Ave SE
Renton, WA 98058

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