Lake Serene Trail saved from logging after fundraising campaign

by Sarah Anne Lloyd
Curbed Seattle
November 1, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Lake Serene Hiking Trail, which includes trails to both Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls, will be preserved as it is thanks to a fundraising campaign by sustainability nonprofit Forterra. Located near Index, Washington, includes a portion that’s owned by timber company Weyerhaeuser. The trail was shut down in September to prepare for logging and to make some trail improvements. The trail was set to reopen next summer, but with Weyerhaeuser’s portion logged. This week, Forterra met its fundraising goal of $275,000 from more than 600 people to preserve the trail, and will move toward the lower part of the trail from Weyerhaeuser, who’s willing to sell. The total project cost is $800,000, which includes money from the Snohomish County Conservation Futures program. $75,000 of the fundraising money came from a couple who took their first hike together on the trail. After Forterra acquires the land, it will be open to the public indefinitely.

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