Standing tall among the Tree Canopy

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

5 Acre Woods
Photo by Jerry Pickard

By Donna Hawkey

InvestigateWest reported in 2016 and once again earlier this year, that Lake Forest Park, Sammamish and Portland all have stronger tree protections (and thus tree canopies) than Seattle, which is playing catch-up, amending tree policies during their now record breaking City development period.

With its unique preservation qualities, Lake Forest Park (LFP) makes news again – being compared favorably with Portland, Oregon. (Will Seattle finally protect its tree canopy - Seattle Weekly)

Earlier this year, LFP Councilmember John Resha worked with the rest of the Council to strengthen the Environmentally Critical Areas ordinance. LFP resident Richard Saunders, who worked with Councilmember Resha on the City’s Planning Commission, reports that

“John played a major role in enhancing the Critical Area Ordinance which increases buffers and enhances restrictions. 
"This ordinance prevents inappropriate development next to streams, steep slopes, wetlands and preserves what most of us feel is the special part of Lake Forest Park.”

The City and its many conservation-minded residents showed their deep respect for the tree canopy with the recent purchase agreement for 5 Acre Woods.

Councilmember Mark Phillips was instrumental in helping to partner the City with the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation (LFPSF). These local volunteers worked tirelessly to help the City secure this special hidden forest gem, which is slated to be a City park as long as all the funding is secured by November, 2018.

If you would like to donate or can help with final funding strategies, contact the LFPSF Fundraising Chair Brad Keefe

Donna Hawkey is a 21-year resident of Lake Forest Park and can be reached here


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