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Update on Logging the Lake Serene Trail

Posted by Andrea Imler at Oct 06, 2017 06:00 PM |
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A portion of the popular trail to Lake Serene travels through private timber land, and a scheduled logging project has closed the trail through July 2018. There is still time to protect the Lake Serene Trail from direct logging.

Great news! Our partners at Forterra are getting closer to the total they need to purchase the land surrounding the Lake Serene Trail and protect it from being logged. Find out how to be a part of the effort.

Lake Serene by hikershanLake Serene is one of Washington’s most popular day hikes.  Photo by hikershan

As we reported earlier last month this trail—which is on an old logging road bed—traverses through private property owned by Weyerhaeuser, a Washington-based timber company. Weyerhaeuser is planning to log their property, which surrounds a section of the Lake Serene trail. During this project, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has issued a temporary closure order for the Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls trails from Sept. 25, 2017 to Jul. 1, 2018.

thank you for speaking up for trails

Thanks to the more than 1,000 hikers that spoke up. While the outcome wasn’t exactly what we’d hoped for, there is a silver lining. As part of this project, the parking lot and restrooms at the trailhead will be improved. If you are inspired to do more there is less than a month left to stop the Lake Serene Trail from being logged.

there is still time to protect this trail

While this project is on private land there is still time to help our friends at  Forterra acquire the land from Weyerhaeuser and protect the trail. Forterra has an agreement with Weyerhaeuser that will avoid the logging project and limit disturbance along the first segment of the trail that spans Weyerhaeuser's property.

In an exciting update, we have just learned that Forterra has received a challenge grant of $75,000 to support their campaign. Every contribution they receive up to that $75K will be matched dollar-for-dollar. This offers a great incentive to add your support to ensure permanent public access and protect the integrity of the trail corridor.

In fact, this trail is so important to hikers that WTA has also committed $1,000 to support this effort in recognition of the of the 1,000 activists who spoke up for this trail.

To support acquisition efforts and help WTA and Forterra protect Lake Serene, visit Forterra.org/Serene.

 

Comments

CliffC on Update on Logging the Lake Serene Trail

Come on, folks, let's get this done! Cliff

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CliffC on Oct 09, 2017 12:25 PM

lei_goh on Update on Logging the Lake Serene Trail

What will happen to the money if they aren't able to save it?

Just curious. I make less than 20 an hour and I rent in Seattle, which everyone should know means I don't have a pot to piss in. Being small doesn't spare me.

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lei_goh on Oct 12, 2017 07:40 AM