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Blanchard Mountain Recreation Area in Whatcom County threatened


Danny Gibson

Blanchard State Forest is an enormously popular recreation area located south of Bellingham off Chuckanut Drive that is visited by tens of thousands of people every year.

Blanchard Mountain features such things as the popular Oyster Dome and bat caves; hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails; and scenic wildlife watching opportunities within a few miles of Bellingham. (See Ron Kleinknecht’s “The Chuckanut Formation in our Backyard” Oct/Nov 2016 article.)

Unfortunately, this area is managed by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and logging is scheduled to occur in this cherished habitat and recreation area if the state Legislature doesn’t fund an agreement to protect it in the 2017 legislative session.

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