I support the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District. Like most people, I don't mind paying money for something I value. What value does the entire property provide? Mature forested, category one wetlands, an intact ecosystem connected to the Chuckanut mountains and filter for both Chuckanut and Padden creeks, the city's only salmon streams.
Two options have surfaced to repay the loan the city borrowed for the purchase of this environmentally sensitive property - a park district for 10 years or selling part of the forest. Dividing this ecosystem and developing at high density will deforest steep slopes already unstable and permanently disrupt this pristine habitat, destroying the wetlands, for which we have already paid $5 million.
What is it worth to you to preserve these rare, forested wetlands? What is it worth to you to enjoy the forested ridge at the southern entrance to Fairhaven? As Fairhaven residential numbers grow, what is it worth to you to have access to quiet, green spaces and recreational trails? What will our small contribution be worth to our grandchildren and their grandchildren, to the future livability of our city? For me, a monthly contribution for 10 years equal to a latte and scone at Avenue Bread is a pittance to pay for the value it buys.
We have an important choice. Vote to approve this park district, securing the future of this critical habitat.