(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
State senate passes bill establishing community forests pilot program…
A bill that would establish a community forests pilot program has passed the state senate by a vote of 41-5 and is in committee in the senate, signaling another victory for the Chewelah Valley Land Trust and their goal to preserve the Gold Hill area near the Chewelah Golf Course.
The Chewelah Valley Land Trust is hoping to purchase 400-acres of Hancock land and preserve it for hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. The non-profit group would manage the grounds as a community forest and is hoping for state grants that could be acquired through this pilot community forest program.
Jake Wilson, one of the members of the Chewelah Valley Land Trust, said that Chewelah’s Gold Hill project is ranked in the top three for programs that could receive money if the legislation is passed for the pilot program. More