provide returns. Trust for Public Land was successful at securing a purchase contract with the TIMO.
WA, Mt. St. Helens Forest, ($2,500,000)- The proposal is a phased effort to permanently protect working forest and wildlife habitat on approximately 20,000 acres at the base of Mt. St. Helens. This high profile area is productive timber ground, valuable wildlife habitat, and a regional recreational resource. The area is threatened by development due to its unique mountain views, lake frontage and scenic rivers. It has been used for generations for timber and outdoor recreation. Public comment has been strongly in support of continued forestry and public access. This project will maintain the largest block of private ownership in Skamania County connecting important habitat, watersheds, DNR timberland, a national monument and national forest. A Forest Legacy grant would leverage a commitment from PacifiCorp and lead partners who have tentatively dedicated millions for the project. The project protects a large contiguous block of Priority forest land, valuable habitat, and recreational features from fragmentation. Columbia Land Trust (CLT) will provide the match.
WI, Chippewa Flowage, (1,500,000)- A conservation easement on the Chippewa Flowage Forest would link over 18,000 acres of resource rich forest with nearly one million acres of protected forest lands on either side of the Chippewa Flowage-connecting the Chequamegon- Nicolet National Forest, Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Land, County Forests and state protected lands. This property is a critical piece of the forest “puzzle” in the Chippewa Flowage Watershed. The Chippewa Flowage is the State’s third largest inland body of water, the largest semi-wilderness body of water and a world-class fishery for muskellunge and walleye. A conservation easement on this site would ensure continued unrestricted access to this Northwoods jewel. With the assistance of the Forest Legacy Program, the State of Wisconsin would be able to protect over 18,000 acres of forest, waterways, and exceptional wildlife habitat while continuing to support the local timber industry and providing public access for future generations to come.
WI, Wild Rivers, ($2,330,000)- Wild Rivers is a 14,576 acre project that is the cornerstone of a historic large block, multi-partner, corridor project that will retain working forestland, maintain public access, and preserve vital habitat. A Conservation Easement is sought on this top ranked project. Sustainably managed for over 80 years for high value northern hardwoods, these forests are vital to the local and regional economy and provide habitat for several state threatened and endangered species, including migrant songbirds, timber wolves, and the red-shouldered hawk. Adjacent to 661,000 acres of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as well as 230,000 acres of state and county forestlands, this area is part of a regional northern hardwood-hemlock forest corridor that extends from the old growth forests of the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin to the Keweenaw Peninsula in northern Michigan. The property contains important water resources such as Class I trout waters, headwaters to a state-designated Wild River, drinking water, undeveloped lakes and riparian habitat-all critical components of the Lake Michigan Basin. Wisconsin is committed to acquiring land in the area and is working to protect over 60,000 acres of the surrounding forest.
WV, South Branch, ($230,000)- This project will enhance water quality through a landscape and watershed based based strategy on tributaries of the South Branch of the Potomac River. The South Branch flows into the Potomac, which is known as our “Nation's River” and is the drinking water supply for Washington, D.C. Water quality in the nationally important Chesapeake Bay is protected. 22 conservation easements will be acquired to protect 9175 acres (11 easements for 5292 acres in 2011). Eased properties and public lands