Nisqually Land Trust, Nisqually Tribe Purchase 2,200 Acres of Land
Historic Purchase of Almost $10 Million Will Protect Critical Salmon Habitat
Last updated 5/21/2021 at 10:23am
The Nisqually Land Trust and the Nisqually Indian Tribe have entered into a historic partnership, purchasing 2,200 acres and over three miles of critical salmon habitat along Busy Wild Creek on the flanks of Mount Rainier.
The groups spent almost $10 million dollars aggregately along the creek, which is part of the headwaters of Mashel River, which flows into the Nisqually River.
"In simultaneous transactions totaling $9.6 million, the Nisqually Tribe purchased 1,240 acres and the Land Trust acquired 960 adjoining acres," a news release said. "In turn, both properties adjoin the Nisqually Community Forest and will be incorporated into its management plan, effectively doubling its size."
Threatened Nisqually Chinook salmon and steelhead trout have been thrown a lifeline with this partnership, the release states, with the species needing extra attention along the Mashel River and Busy Wild Creek, according to the Nisqually Chinook Recovery and Steelhead Recovery plans.
The move marks the largest transaction in the land trust's 32-year history and is the Tribe's first industrial-timberland acquisition.
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