A RARE OPPORTUNITY
Nason Ridge is many things to many people. It’s a place to hike or mountain bike in the summer. It’s a place to ski in winter. It’s part of a cherished natural landscape rising above Lake Wenatchee. And it’s a part of the natural balance of Lake Wenatchee, the Wenatchee River and Nason Creek.
Nason Ridge is also a property that was slated for timber harvest.
But with your support, all 3,714 acres of this beloved property will instead be conserved—permanently.
HOPE FOR NASON RIDGE
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust has partnered with Western Rivers Conservancy to help WRC buy and conserve this critical property. Western Rivers Conservancy, a nonprofit that buys and conserves land along the great rivers of the west, has signed an agreement with Weyerhaeuser to purchase the entire property. Now, we are all digging in to help conserve it.
This is where you come in.
If we act quickly, we can protect Nason Ridge, forever. If we don’t, the trail system cherished by so many will likely disappear. Timber harvest will eliminate much of the forest, and dirt roads and locked gates will replace trails and public access. Lake Wenatchee’s breathtaking views could be changed forever.
We need your help to bring it to the finish line. Together, we can ensure Nason Ridge is protected for fish, wildlife and people, forever.
NASON RIDGE represents:
- Clean, clear water for people and imperiled salmon
- A striking landscape, with breathtaking views from Lake Wenatchee
- A connection to place for families, community and visitors for generations
- A beloved year-round escape for skiing, biking, and exploring
- A real economic benefit, drawing a share of the over $20 billion spent in the pursuit of outdoor recreation in Washington State each year
- An opportunity to protect homes and communities from wildfire by caring for our forests with long-term goals in mind
Ray Aspiri, co-chair
Rob Shurtleff, co-chair
Jeff Thiel, co-chair
Mary Gallagher • Tim Gallagher • Eric Prestbo • Chris Stahler
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Staff
Curt Soper: Executive Director
Sharon Lunz: Development Director
Western Rivers Conservancy Staff
Sue Doroff, President
Nason Ridge was originally part of the territory of the P'Squosa (Wenatchi) people. After becoming part of the United States, the land was owned by the federal government, then granted to Great Northern Railway in a checkboard pattern as an incentive to bring rail transportation to the West. Just prior to the Great Depression, the land was sold to Schmitten Lumber Company, who left the land unlogged.
1973: Schmitten Lumber Company was bought by Pack River Lumber Company and the checkerboard pattern was consolidated in land exchanges with the US Forest Service.
Post-1973: The land changed ownership and was logged multiple times after 1973, and was eventually owned by Longview Fibre.
2000: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust mediates a compromise to improve forest health.
In the spring of 2000, Longview Fibre announced plans to harvest 310 acres of timber on Nason Ridge. The proposed harvest alarmed Lake Wenatchee property owners who feared that the aesthetic, environmental, and recreational qualities at Lake Wenatchee would be compromised.
Lake Wenatchee residents sought the Land Trust’s help to protect Nason Ridge from the proposed harvest. CDLT helped to mediate a compromise between Longview Fibre and the Friends of Lake Wenatchee Forests. As a result, Longview substantially modified their harvest plans to address the local concerns. Longview’s positive, responsible approach to addressing citizen concerns was an outstanding example of how a conflict can become a win-win situation if both sides are willing to listen, learn, and find common ground.
2008-2010: CDLT and Trust for Public Land attempt to purchase Nason Ridge.
After being purchased by Brookfield Asset Management in 2007, Longview Fibre put 3700+ acres up for auction as part of their plan to divest of eastern Washington holdings. Concerned local citizens contacted the Land Trust. The property was not sold at auction, but remained on the market. From 2008-2010, the Land Trust convened community members, conservation organizations and stakeholders including the State Park seeking negotiations to purchase the property in a phased and piecemeal approach.
2009: Longview pulled out of negotiations and attempted to sell the property through auction again, with a desire to sell the land as an entire unit. The property did not sell at auction.
2012: The property was again offered by auction in July, but not sold.
2013: Weyerhaeuser acquires Longview Timber LLC in July, thereby acquiring Nason Ridge.
2015: CDLT begins Upper Wenatchee Community Lands Plan and identifies Nason Ridge as a priority for protection.
August 2017: Weyerhauser acquires a permit to log almost all the trees on 210 acres on the slope above Lake Wenatchee.
Nearby landowners – concerned about views, unstable slopes, impact on water quality, and the severity of the harvest, started a petition to express concerns about the proposed logging. Weyerhaeuser listened, and agreed to pause the timber harvest and allow some time to craft a permanent conservation outcome for the property. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and Western Rivers Conservancy began working towards purchasing the property.