As a 25 year forestry veteran, I was disappointed by a recent letter by a timber industry supporter criticizing the Lake Whatcom reconveyance and a perceived Whatcom Land Trust conspiracy. I'd like to alert the writer to the real threat to the timber industry. This threat is not from too many parks. The real threat is from conversion of forest land to cheap residential property. The Lake Whatcom watershed land taken out of timber production was primarily steep unstable slopes above waterways. Many of these harvest units would be difficult to cut while protecting the hillside and lake.
The reason this land needs to be protected is not from forestry, an environmentally friendly industry, but from eventual conversion to home sites by a future County Council. To protect against this, I hope to God that the land trust gets a perpetual easement on the property. And, I think they earned it with the $500,000 in private funds they brought in to compensate Mount Baker School District for future lost timber revenues.
If you would like to help preserve our timber economy and heritage, get involved with Futurewise Whatcom (futurewise.org/whatcom). Help protect our priceless timber resources from conversion to non-forestry uses.