KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – The state has approved a land transfer that makes Whatcom County home to one of the biggest parks in the U.S.
The Board of Natural Resources voted 5 to 1 Tuesday in favor of the county’s request to take back more than 8,800 acres of logging land around Lake Whatcom so it can become a public park.
Mitch Freidman with Conservation Northwest says the land is more valuable as a park.
Retired forester Dick Whitmore says the decision will mean less timber dollars for the state and county.
He says the land was already being used for recreation with the state in control.
Whitmore argues that with the county in control, some recreation, like hunting could become more restricted.
He says there’s a chance that the board’s decision could be challenged.
The Whatcom County Council formally requested the land transfer in March.