Posted by: wadahp | September 2, 2010

DNR ANNOUNCES OPEN HOUSE ON FUTURE OF HISTORIC THURSTON COUNTY LANDSCAPE

Preservationists in the South Puget Sound region will be interested in learning that the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting an open house and meeting to discuss the future of the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) on Wednesday, September 15th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Woodard Bay NRCA is also known as the Weyerhaeuser South Bay Log Dump Rural Historic Landscape that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

This historic landscape is listed in the National Register for its significance as a major transhipment point where the Weyerhaeuser Company brought logs by rail from nearby forest lands. Upon arriving at Woodard Bay, logs were literally dumped from rail cars into the water for sorting and rafting to lumber mills in Everett. Since establishment of the NRCA in the late 1980s, the DNR has removed much of the historic landscape features; all that remains is the rapidly deteriorating railroad trestle, a small rehabilitated office building, an historic interpretive display, and several pre-contact archaeological sites.

The September 15th open house will convey information about DNR’s plans for the NRCA including eventual removal of the historic railroad trestle for safety as well as water quality reasons. The meeting will be held at the North Olympia Fire Station at 5046 Boston Harbor Road, NE. For information about the meeting and plans for the NRCA, contact Michele Zukerburg at 360-790-9770 or michele.zukerberg@dnr.wa.gov.

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  1. Well what about the bats? But I guess if it really is affecting water quality, then it should be removed. I just hope the trestle has every inch of it photogaphed, so future generations can get a sense of how big and old they are


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