News

September 2021

The Urban Forestry Management Plan presentation to the Chuckanut Community Forest and the Master Plan Steering Committee on September 10th is now available for you to watch here.  For more information on this plan, go to their main webpage at the City of Bellingham.  You can get status updates or sign up on their email list.

If you would like to read more detailed information on the Urban Forestry Management Plan, you can check out these two reports at the bottom of their webpage:

  • Canopy and Forest Structure Analysis Summary Report, 2021
  • Wildlife Corridor Analysis, 2021

********************************************************************************************

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please participate in a Survey on the Engage Bellingham website on the Chuckanut Community Forest Master Plan process.  This is an important opportunity for you to give your feedback on the future of the Community Forest. As part of that survey you can also note on a map places that are of concern or interest to you.  In addition you can leave questions for the Steering Committee.

Your participation in this survey is critical.  Please assist us in protecting the Chuckanut Community Forest in perpetuity!  Survey.  

The Survey will be available through September 15th.

*********************************************************

On June 23rd, 2021, a Virtual Public Hearing on Restoration Component of Chuckanut Community Forest Master Plan was held.  You can continue to submit comments until the July 28th, 2021 board meeting.

The Chuckanut Community Forest Park District (CCFPD) held a Public Hearing to consider citizens’ comments on the Restoration Component of the Chuckanut Community Forest Master Plan.

The Bellingham Parks Department is beginning the development of a Master Plan for Chuckanut Community Forest this year.  Public participation in plan development is important to ensure the Plan reflects public interests and values.

Restoration will be an essential part of the Chuckanut Community Forest Master Plan. The Master Plan will include a trail plan to support visitor access and recreational uses. Existing trails not included in the plan will need to be restored to natural vegetation and wildlife habitat. The restoration component of the Master Plan must include strategies to restore soil, vegetation, and habitat.

Western Washington University students developed trail restoration plans, available below. We welcome your comments about the student plans or other ideas about CCF restoration needs and strategies.

Listed here are links to documents and plans on Restoration:

Restoration Design Projects by:

Written comments of any length may be submitted until July 28th, 2021:

US Mail to CCFPD, P.O. Box 4283, Bellingham, WA 98227;
Email to Robyn Albro at .

All comments submitted will become part of the written record of the CCFPD.

*****************************************************************************************

February, 2021:  A letter of appreciation was received from Fairhaven Neighbors.

February 24, 2021:  Bellingham Parks & Recreation Dept. will be talking about the master plan at this meeting.  See their outline here. The outline posted here is being  revised.

December 09, 2020, Wednesday, Regular Board Meeting at 6 PM on Zoom.
There will be a discussion of the CCFPD budget for the upcoming year and the current and future surplus.  See revised agenda here.

November 2020:

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2020, Wednesday, at 6 PM on Zoom. 
    PUBLIC HEARING on 2021 TAX LEVY and BUDGET and Regular Monthly Meeting for Chuckanut Community Forest Park District. 
  • The CCFPD Board is looking at whether to decrease the tax rate for 2021 from $0.28 per $1,000 of evaluation to $0.14/$1000, to give people a tax break due to the economic hardship of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Chuckanut Community Forest Park District will be dissolved within one (1) year from the date the City of Bellingham (“City”) files a petition for the Park District’s dissolution. By Interlocal Agreement, the City may not file a petition for the Park District’s dissolution until two things happen: (1) the loan made from the City’s Greenways Endowment fund is paid off; and (2) the Chuckanut Community Forest Park Master Plan is adopted by the City. The loan appears likely to be repaid by the end of 2021 or 2022. The Park Master Plan is currently expected to be initiated by the City in 2021 and completed in 2022. Assuming the City promptly files a petition for dissolution at its earliest opportunity, the Park District may be dissolved in 2023. Before the Park District dissolves, it intends to transfer the conservation easement, in perpetuity, to a qualified organization.

    Please attend if you would like to be part of the public comment period or discussion, with speakers allowed three minutes or more as time permits, to address the commissioners and the public. All comments submitted will become part of the written record of the CCFPD.

    Here are the links to the two budgets being considered, one at the current $0.28 per $1,000 and the other at $0.14 per $1,000.  See below to view the projected loan pay off document from Whatcom County Treasurer Steven Oliver. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend.

  • Steven Oliver of the Whatcom County Treasurer’s Office came to the October board meeting and brought an updated document on the loan pay off.  Click here to view.    
  • We have posted a new Resolution of Highest Priority Restoration Needs click here to view.  This was approved at the October 28, 2020 board meeting.

____________________________________________________________________

October 2020:  Even though the Public Hearing on the Trail Designs is over, you can still submit comments on the designs.  There is no official cut-off date, but it would be very helpful if you could submit comments sooner rather than later.

Please review the Four New Trail Designs (with summary), Including a Fifth Design from Bellingham Parks & Recreation, which were presented at the September 2020 board meeting.

In October 2019, Western Washington University students designed trail networks for Chuckanut Community Forest (CCF) as an assignment for a conservation course. Please check out the summary of the trail designs, and then the four different designs listed below. 

PLUS a Trail design option created this year from the
City of Bellingham Parks & Recreation Department .

Written comments of any length may be submitted via email to:
Written comments sent by US Mail should be sent to
CCFPD, P.O. Box 4283, Bellingham, WA 98227.
All comments submitted will become part of the written record of the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District.
____________________________________________________________________

September 2020
Public Hearing on Trail Designs September 23, 2020, Wednesday at 6 PM

Please join us!
Professor and Commissioner John McLaughlin will lead a presentation of trail design
options produced by some of his students at Western Washington University. The design presented by the Bellingham Parks Department will also be reviewed.

Public comment and discussion will be encouraged at the hearing, with speakers
allowed three minutes (or more) as time permits, to address the commissioners and the
public.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


November 2019
List of Chuckanut Community Forest Biotic Survey Priorities (suggested) and Biotic Survey Wish List. These lists have been developed by John McLaughlin and are being used by the Board to help evaluate what information it would be helpful to develop and in what order for the ecological preservation of the Chuckanut Community Forest.


November 13, 2019

 Notice of Public Hearing for 2020 Tax Levy and Budget for the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District


Our Treasurer, Whatcom County Treasurer Steven Oliver and City of Bellingham Finance Director Andy Asbjornsen, presented us with a summary spreadsheet of our financial obligations, status, and projections, now that we have passed the half way point of our ten-year mandate. See the summary report here.


May 22, 2019
Notice of Public Hearing by the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District for Trail Designs on June 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM

View full press release here.


January 25, 2019
WWU Student Trail Designs 2018

Chuckanut Community Forest Trail Network Design – view pdf
Reports by students in ESCI 439/539 Conservation of Biological Diversity


June 2, 2018
Chuckanut Community Forest Park District Review and Report

View report here.


On March 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of Washington denied the Ferlin et al’s petition for review. The Court’s order is here.

Legal defense costs:
2015: $41,108.50
2016: $40,915.15
2017: $22,840.36
2018: $6,565.00
Total costs (final): $111,429.01


Press Release
Chuckanut Community Forest Park District
May 30, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the “Baseline Documentation Report” for the Chuckanut Community Forest has been completed, approved, signed, and posted here.

We would like to thank Ann Eissinger of Common Futures LLC especially, and Chris Behee, Senior GIS Analyst of the City of Bellingham, Planning and Community Development Department, for creating a visually stunning and factually inclusive document of our beloved Chuckanut Forest. Many others contributed and we thank all who helped.

We encourage everyone to read and enjoy, and use as a reference, the Baseline Study. You will be glad you did, and maybe you’ll be inspired to take a walk in the woods with a new understanding of the value of our natural treasure.