Posts Tagged ‘Plum Creek Timber’

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 7, 2005

During the news release of the landmark agreement concerning the Black Diamond Area Open Space Protection Agreement, Black Diamond Mayor Howard Botts celebrated the announcement with King County’s Executive Ron Sims; Council Chair Larry Phillips; Council member Carolyn Edmonds, also chair of the Natural Resources and Utilities Committee; President of the Cascade Land Conservancy Gene Duvenoy; Bob Jirsa, director of Corporate Affairs, Plum Creek Timber; Donna Brathovde, Friends of Rock Creek, and representatives of the Back Country Horsemen, and a number of mountain bikers rallied together by Black Diamond Bike and Backcountry which has helped place Black Diamond on the map of mountain biking destinations. Photo by Kathleen Kear (Voice of the Valley, June 14, 2005).

Conserving 4,500 acres of open space and forests while promoting smart growth within King County’s growing communities are the impetus for a model land deal unveiled this week for the environs of the City of Black Diamond. The deal is being driven with relatively little cash and more land swapping and transfer of rights.

The Black Diamond Open Space Agreement announced this week by King County Executive Ron Sims will protect 1,600 acres of forestland known as Ravensdale Ridge, conserve 15 miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails, trigger federal funds to protect an additional 2,000 acres of forestland, contain growth within the urban area, and complement it with more than 500 acres of open space and parks within the city. (more…)

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A ritzy development cuts a deal to take water from Puget Sound cities and endangered salmon

Originally published in Seattle Weekly, March 5, 1998

By Chris Carrel

The DOE insists taking more of the Green River’s scarce water for a golf course won’t hurt its struggling salmon.

The endangered-species listing proposed last week for Puget Sound chinook salmon served official notice that Pugetopolis’ sprawl-as-usual is incompatible with healthy salmon runs. In response, legislators pledged serious salmon-recovery legislation for next session.

A proposal in the current session to divert water from salmon streams to luxury homes in southeast King County has highlighted the difficult politics of balancing development with salmon. (more…)

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Originally published in The Tacoma News Tribune, February 19, 1998

Bill would give Black Diamond permit it has been denied 3 times

By Leslie Brown
The News Tribune

Black Diamond development: Black Diamond Associates’ 1,600-home development would sit on 750 acres recently annexed by the city. The project is on hold because the city doesn’t have enough water. (Ronnie Ashlock/The News Tribune)

After failing at every level to obtain a water permit for 1,600 new homes in Black Diamond, developers finally have found a sympathetic and powerful ear in the Legislature.

A bill that would give the City of Black Diamond a “temporary” water permit—the very one the state Ecology Department denied developers three years ago passed the House 55-42 last week. It is now pending before the Senate.

Critics are decrying House Bill 2800, sponsored by Rep. Jack Cairnes (R-Covington) as special-interest legislation, bad water policy, and an end-run around a three-tiered administrative process that gave the developers ample review.

“This bill is not really intended to secure a (water) supply for the existing population of the area,” Ecology Department water resources manager Keith Phillips wrote to the House Agriculture and Ecology Committee. “Rather, it is intended to secure a supply for a large, new land development nearby.” (more…)

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Originally published in The News Tribune, January 10, 2000

BLACK DIAMOND — The rural community of Black Diamond, a former mining town with a majestic view of Mount Rainier, could become an example of the latest concept in retirement living if a California development company gets its way.

The town is Sacramento-based Jenamar Co.’s first choice for a $100 million rural retirement village for active adults. (more…)

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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, Summer 2018

By William Kombol

“Rusty Rails” photo by Robert Dobson, April 2018

“Rusty Rails” photo by Robert Dobson, April 2018

This spring photographer Bob Dobson stumbled upon a short section of railroad hidden amongst a dense forest near Lake Sawyer. He took a photo that inspired a question: “Who laid these rusty rails?”

Little did he know the answer is the story behind the men who founded Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 18, 1985

By Ed Penhale

Black Diamond coal carKing County officials are setting the stage for a huge annexation that would add nearly 2,000 acres to the little southeast-county city of Black Diamond, designating more than 900 acres of that now-rural area for urban development.

County Executive Gary Locke, who supports the proposal, sees Black Diamond as a future site for high-tech businesses. (more…)

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