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Friday, February 26, 2010

Possible Protected DNR - Blanchard Mountain

Posted by: Michael Lanthier

“Blanchard Mountain is a treasure for the state of Washington and needs to be protected in perpetuity,” said Commissioner Goldmark. “By creating an NRCA for 1600 acres on Blanchard Mountain and maintaining the balance as a working forest, we can ensure that area is available to the public for its amazing recreation opportunities, rich wildlife habitat and sweeping views for generations to come.”

Beginning this spring DNR will begin the process to create Blanchard Mountain as a Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). Replacement working timber lands will be purchased as funds are available.

Blanchard Mountain is a great example of how you passionate grassroots voice can have a tremedous impact. A group of Skagit County citizens formed the Blanchard Mountain Project, which has been working for many years to protect the area.

Looking to hike through the area? Hike through on the Pacific Northwest Trail and find the "Bat Caves" of Oyster Dome.

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