Chuckanut Comunity Forest Master Plan

Description

A Master Plan for the Chuckanut Community Forest, commonly known as Hundred Acre Wood, and the adjacent Interurban Greenway trails and open space in southern Bellingham, is underway. The intent of the Master Plan is to create a dynamic, long-lasting plan that will set priorities and strategies to guide the future of the forest, trails, and open space. The final Master Plan will also include relevant history and existing conditions of the community forest, with regards to both conservation and recreation, and identify restoration opportunities and priorities. The Chuckanut Community Forest holds great significance for the natural ecosystems in and around Bellingham as well as providing unique recreational and educational opportunities for the public.

Following the acquisition of 82 acres by the Greenways Program, a conservation easement between the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District and the City of Bellingham was established. The conservation easement is intended to protect the property in perpetuity and ensure that any future recreational enhancements or educational elements of the park do not negatively impact the unique environmental features or conservation values.

A steering committee has been established and includes representatives from surrounding neighborhoods and recreational user groups, Park District board members, Park Board members, and City staff. This committee discusses key topics, reviews public input, and decides on the eventual contents of the Master Plan. There will be further public engagement opportunities, including interactive surveys on Engage Bellingham, self-guided tours, and an open house.

Funding

$25,000 from Greenways IV

Status

Gathering of public input and planning is currently underway

  • Project page on Engage Bellingham
    • Please participate in the “Show us on the Map” tool and sign the “Guestbook” when checking out the Chuckanut Community Forest Master Plan page. More tools to submit public opinions are coming soon!
  • Bimonthly/monthly steering committee meetings
  • We received over 700 responses from the community regarding the boundary and official name of the planning area, access preferences, and current and future uses. The results of the Engage Bellingham public survey can be found here.

References

Contacts

Parks & Recreation Department: (360) 778-7000

Nicole Oliver, Parks and Recreation Director, noliver@cob.org
Laine Potter, Interim Design and Development Manager, lrpotter@cob.org
Karleena Burdick, Parks and Recreation Intern, kburdick@cob.org

Participating Departments

Affected Neighborhoods

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