Globally Significant Bog Preserved in Board of Natural Resources Transaction
September 3, 2019
Crowberry Bog in Jefferson County is a unique landform to the western U.S.; Land transfer to City of College Place also approved
A globally significant coastal bog in Jefferson County will be permanently preserved after a Board of Natural Resources transaction Tuesday.
The preservation of 236 acres at Crowberry Bog, plus neighboring Hoh Bog on private land, is being funded through a grant from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, administered by the Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office. The site is located near the Hoh River about 22 miles southwest of Forks.
Crowberry Bog is globally significant because it is the first documented raised bog in the western United States, and the southernmost in western North America. The bogs were approved for Natural Area Preserve status in 2014.
The Hoh River valley has experienced glaciation several times in the past. The topography that remained after the last glacial advance set the stage for the development of these two bogs, which are thought to be nearly 16,000 years old.
The Makah copper butterfly, listed as a species of special concern by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife due to habitat threat, uses the native cranberries as a larval host plant. Both the Austin’s peat moss and small capsule dung moss are rare species of moss in Washington state. The bog presents a strong oceanic influence that is ideal for their growth.
The $316,000 grant will allow the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to purchase other lands to replace the preserved acreage for the Common School and Capital Building trusts.
The Board of Natural Resources also approved a sale Tuesday of 80 acres of state trust land to the City of College Place for the expansion of its wastewater treatment facility.
The city is expanding its treatment facility, which is on an adjacent property, to meet new Department of Ecology requirements for Waste Discharge Permits.
The parcel, valued at $256,000, was previously rented for dryland agriculture and did not have water rights, and access to the property was limited.
The money from the sale will be used to purchase replacement land for the Common School Trust, which funds K-12 school construction across Washington state. This sale will allow DNR to reposition its trust lands to make them more efficient to manage.
Photos and maps of all of the sites can be found at bit.ly/BNRSept2019.
Washington State Department of Natural Resources