State to purchase land adjacent to Blanchard forest

first_imgThe state Department of Natural Resources is set to purchase 76 acres of forest land adjacent to the Blanchard State Forest in northwest Skagit County.Those 76 acres will be purchased from two private property owners as part of an ongoing effort to preserve popular recreation areas on Blanchard Mountain while maintaining timber harvest revenue, Natural Resources spokesman Bob Redling said.Natural Resources will pay $728,000 for the land, which includes the road used to access the state forest for logging and recreation from Barrel Springs Road.The state agency, Skagit County and a variety of recreation and conservation interest groups have been working for years to eliminating logging in 1,600 acres of what’s known as the recreational core of Blanchard State Forest.That core is where the Samish Overlook, Oyster Dome trail, Lily and Lizard lakes and a section of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail are found and accessed by thousands of visitors each year.last_img read more