(PRESS RELEASE/Chewelah Valley Land Trust)
May 5th marks an important landmark for Local Land Trust…
The Chewelah Valley Land Trust is a local non-profit whose focus is to set aside green space to provide recreation, education, and long-term sustainability. CVLT formed a year ago and has since focused on acquiring a 400 acre peice of Hancock Forest Management timberland adjacent to the Chewelah Golf Course. The land is locally known as “Boise Hill” left over from when the property was owned by Boise Cascade. The group has reached out to Hancock and they are willing to sell the 400 acres when the Land Trust has raised enough funds to make an offer.
CVLT has been tracking down funds from community forest grant programs through the Recreation Conservation Office and the USDA. These grants are specifically for land acquisition and for protecting lands at a high risk for development and maintain them as sustainable timberland and for recreation. The Land Trust submitted a lengthy application last year and had been waiting eagerly to find out if Chewelah will be the location of a Community Forest.
On May 5th CVLT received news that the Recreation Conservation office is awarding the Land Trust $676,000 to partially fund the acquisition of the property. “It goes without saying that this is an awesome victory for CVLT, we are extremely excited that our project is progressing with the purchase of the forest land getting closer to a reality”. Says Jake Wilson CVLT President.
CVLT would like to thank the community for their support during the trivia fundraisers. The next trivia night is Thursday May 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm at Quartzite Brewing Company. Donations to support the purchase of this future Chewelah Community Forest can be made to Chewelah Valley Land Trust, PO Box 302, Chewelah, WA 99109. All donations are tax deductible.