March 26, 2013 at 7:17 AM
King County makes deal to buy development rights for 43,000 acres on White River
Move will benefit environment, but recreation comes at a price
I am elated to read that King County is purchasing development rights to so much land in the White River area [“Scramble against sprawl saves 43,000 acres on White River,” page one, March 22]. This will undoubtedly be beneficial to the environment and the deer, elk, bear and (dare I say, in the not-so-distant future) gray wolf.
But The Times keep touting the recreational benefits that will come. I caution you and the rest of the reading public: Access fees are expensive. Annually, $45 for an individual or $80 for a family is a steep price to pay to simply walk behind a locked gate on a forest road.
I love to hunt and fish and have no problem paying a small fee (i.e.: $30 Northwest Forest pass) to enjoy the open space of our state. But I feel that full disclosure of applicable recreation-access fees is in order if mentioning seemingly increased recreation opportunities bought with our tax dollars.
Hoping to get “lost” again the woods real soon,
–Martin Stash Slabinski, Seattle
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