Bothell's last urban forest receives federal grant

The state of Washington is set to receive nearly $1 million for four local park and trail projects from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), including one for North Creek Forest in Bothell.

Last week, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the allocation of $43 million in local parks grants that will be shared among all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“In Washington state, we know better than most that it’s absolutely critical to protect our natural resources, not only for the environment, but also for our economy,” said Senator Murray. “That’s why I’ve been a longtime supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and this funding will support projects across Washington that protect the environment and improve access to the great outdoors.”

The LWCF does not use taxpayer dollars but instead reinvests a small portion of royalties paid from energy exploration in public waters in parks, trails, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities. Over 50 years, the LWCF has funded outdoor recreation and conservation projects in nearly every county nationwide.

The city of Bothell will receive $43,030 to purchase 22 acres of the 64-acre urban North Creek Forest, the last remaining mature forest in the city that will serve as a learning laboratory for 9,000 students within walking distance.

“For almost 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped preserve what makes living in the Pacific Northwest so special,” said Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. “I’m proud to support this program, and am pleased that these funds will ensure the preservation of Bothell’s North Creek Forest and enable future generations to learn from and enjoy the environment that surrounds us in Washington state.”

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