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Blanchard Celebration September 16th

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Program begins at 11:30 a.m. at Samish Overlook
Shuttles will run 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


The celebration will be held at Samish Overlook. Due to parking constraints, parking will only be allowed in designated areas and free shuttle vans will be provided. Please drive to the entrance of Blanchard Hill Trail Road (Google Maps), where a volunteer will direct you to parking areas.

This FREE event will include guided hikes and bike rides, live music from Bellingham’s Yankee Driver, a BBQ, and remarks from key leaders in this effort, including Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.

Most cars should arrive between 10 and 11 am and will be directed to the Rock Quarry to park and meet the shuttle to Samish Overlook for the 11:30 program. Mountain bikers should arrive at 8:30 a.m. and will be directed to the Lower Blanchard Trailhead Parking Lot for a guided five mile ride that will depart at 9:00 a.m.

Interested in volunteering at the event? Click here for more information.

Thanks to hundreds of supporters who wrote or called their state legislators, when the Capital Budget was passed this year, $10 million was designated to finish protecting the1600-acre core of Blanchard Mountain ($6.5 million previously been provided for Blanchard).

The funds are provided through a WA State Deptartment of Natural Resources (DNR) program called Trust Land Transfer. DNR will determine the value of the forest protected on Blanchard, and then swap this value for replacement DNR properties elsewhere in the Skagit. While the Blanchard Core will be managed to achieve mature forest conditions and for recreation and wildlife habitat, the replacement lands will generate revenue for schools and other institutions. The Trust Land Transfer process will take place this year and next.

The forest will be named for one of its greatest advocates, Senator Harriet Spanel who passed away in 2016. With this huge funding hurdle passed, the Blanchard Core is well on its way to permanent protection. The Blanchard Forest Advisory Committee, of which Skagit Land Trust is a longtime member, wants to thank all involved. Click to learn more about the history of this project.

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