The 24.6-acre parcel purchased by King County contains a section of Holder Creek that is planned to be restored to provide a better environment for Chinook Salmon. Image Courtesy of King County

The 24.6-acre parcel purchased by King County contains a section of Holder Creek that is planned to be restored to provide a better environment for Chinook Salmon. Image Courtesy of King County

King County purchases 24.6-acre parcel to restore creek and salmon habitat

King County has progressed their land conservation effort with the purchase of a 24.6 acre property.

King County has made more progress on the conservation of land on the Eastside with the recent purchase of a 24.6-acre property along Issaquah-Hobart Road, south of Issaquah.

The parcel contains a portion of Holder Creek where the county intends to do restoration work. King County has leased the property from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources since January 2015, and has taken the option to purchase the parcel for $448,000.

Tom Beavers, senior watershed steward at King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, said the purchase is part of the county’s land conservation initiative.

“King County is purchasing it to recognize the agriculture on the property and also to restore Holder Creek which runs through the property,” he said. “We intended to enhance the riparian buffers, and if we can find money through grants, to add wood (to the creek) which would be beneficial to salmon.”

By planting and maintaining vegetation and trees along the creek, temperatures will remain cool, while added wood would create a refuge habitat for the chinook salmon in the area.

“All the vegetation also helps filter out contaminants that may flow into the stream,” Beavers added.

The county will maintain the lease they have with a neighboring property owner to allow his livestock to graze on the property.

Since the lease began, the county has increased the size of the stream buffer, but with ownership they can now implement their restoration projects without having to ask for the permission of another government entity.

Kenny Ocker, communications manager at the Department of Natural Resources, said the $448,000 paid for the parcel will benefit the Common Schools Trust which is used to fund K-12 schools throughout Washington state. The parcel was specified as Common School Trust land, so the revenue generated from the purchased had always been allocated to the school trust.

Holder Creek is planned to be restored through replanting along the creek-side, creating a better habitat for salmon. Image Courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources

Holder Creek is planned to be restored through replanting along the creek-side, creating a better habitat for salmon. Image Courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources

More in News

Encompass is among local nonprofit organizations that has received assistance from Issaquah’s Community Fund. Encompass provides opportunities for children such as early learning, pediatric therapy and family enrichment, according to its website. Courtesy photo
Community Fund program for Issaquah nonprofits open until June 28

Grant program provides financial support for upcoming projects.

Photo Provided by Naomi Parkman Sansome Facebook Page
Buckle up for another smoky summer

Wildfires in Washington will likely roar back this year and into the future.

Public hearing for 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan set for July 1

Issaquah has begun its update to the six-year Capital Improvement Plan for 2020-2025.

Eastside cities voice their support for gun violence prevention efforts

Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie mayors make official proclamations.

What’s next for Washington’s 2045 green energy goal?

The Legislature set the goal, but how does the state actually get there?

Richard Sanford publishes his fifth book, “The Soul Snatchers.” Courtesy photo
Issaquah author publishes new sci-fi novel

30-year Issaquah resident, Richard Sanford, publishes fifth novel.

Issaquah secures funding from state legislature

The city of Issaquah has received funding for three major projects from the state legislature.

Tasting room proposal could redefine alcohol production in King County

Pilot program would benefit wineries, breweries and distilleries. Several farmers are concerned.

In a 2015 report from the Washington State Department of Ecology, King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill received 53,739 tons of of plastic bags and wrap from housing and commercial sources alone. File photo/Sound Publishing
No good solution to the plastics problem

Plastic is piling up everywhere from King County to ocean floors, and humans keep making more.

Most Read