How Far Would You Go To Stop Sprawl?

A massive $185 million deal would put forestland twice the size of Seattle off-limits to development. But there's a catch. A big one.

January 18, 2002, 8:00 AM PST

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight


At issue is a proposed $185 million purchase of second-and third-growth forest just east of Seattle. The land purchase by the Evergreen Forest Trust would be the most expensive private conservation deal in U.S. history. "But there's a catch: To preserve the 104,000 acres from development, conservationists agreed to cut many of the trees there. And before the deal can be sealed, it may take an act of Congress."

Thanks to Grist Magazine

Thursday, January 17, 2002 in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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