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February 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Hooven bog: Ask neighbors to preserve the bog

Randy Whalen, whose property near Woodinville borders a rare sphagnum moss bog, is leading an effort to preserve it from a developer’s plan to build five houses on it. “I’m basically mad as hell,’’ Whalen said about the development plan. “They are doing this to our children.” (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

The Times’ article about citizens’ issues with developers in Snohomish County came as no surprise to me [“Bog a battlefield for developer, neighbor in Snohomish County,” Local News, Feb. 10]. And to read the article it seemed like bureaucratic bungling of the worst kind.

Then I looked up the place on Google Earth and a different story emerged: a tiny gem of a place surrounded by mansions.

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