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Bothell adds more acres to protected North Creek Forest

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The city of Bothell has acquired 5.9 acres of forested land in the North Creek Forest. Added to the 35.66 acres acquired by Bothell two years ago, this brings the total acquisition of North Creek Forest property to over 41 acres. The land was purchased from Tom and Jeanie Robinson who acquired the site several years ago to protect it and donated a portion of the value to the city. The property will remain as open space in perpetuity.

The acquisition was approved by a unanimous vote of the City Council on Dec. 10.

“Bothell is fortunate to have undeveloped forest in the midst of a rapidly growing area,” said Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb. “Thanks to the hard work of City staff and members of the community, additional acres of North Creek Forest will be protected now and for future generations.”

Funding to purchase the property came through a grant from King County Conservation Futures funds and through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office which administered the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program. The City worked in collaboration with two community groups, the Friends of the North Creek Forest and Help Our Woods, to apply for grant funding.

The entire North Creek Forest is 64 acres in size, consists of mature coniferous forest with large Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Cedar trees, and is home to a wide array of plants and animals, including Pileated Woodpecker and Band-tailed Pigeon. The forest is an integral part of the North Creek watershed, which filters water flowing into North Creek, and active salmon stream. For more information, please visit www.ci.bothell.wa.us.

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