King County Forest Stewardship in the Black Diamond area

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Forest Stewardship – May 10, 2018

Draft Black Diamond Area Stewardship Plan

The Draft Black Diamond Area Stewardship Plan is now available for public review.

This draft plan guides the long-term management and stewardship of King County-owned open space in the Black Diamond area, which includes Henry’s Ridge Open Space, the northern portion of Black Diamond Open Space, Ravensdale Retreat Natural Area, and Cemetery Reach Natural Area.

The  plan  provides  needed  guidance  to  ensure  the  land  is  well-managed,  the  forests  are  healthy,  the  natural  resources  are  protected,  and  the  public  can  access  and  enjoy  the  open  spaces.

King County issued a Determination of Non-Significance for the stewardship plan under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). This Determination of Non-Significance means King County has determined that the plan does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required.

Click here to read the SEPA documents.

Comments can be submitted until 4:30 p.m. on May 24, 2018. To provide comments or request additional information, please contact:

Kelly Heintz, Natural Resource Lands Program /Project Manager
201 South Jackson Street, Ste 700
Seattle, WA 98104


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2018 Forest Health Projects

In the summer 2018, King County Parks will be implementing several forest stewardship projects, including at Henry's Ridge Open Space and Ravensdale Retreat Natural Area. These forested lands once belonged to logging companies, meaning the properties were logged 20, 30, 50 or more years ago. They were replanted, but not managed for the forests' ecological benefits. Now, it is up to King County Parks to restore these special places.

We will do this by carrying out thinning activities and replanting a diversity of tree species that improve the ecological functioning and resiliency of the forests.

We will notify you of the dates, locations, and any related trail closures through this e-newsletter, on our Forest Stewardship webpage, and on site at the respective parks. Stay tuned!