The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has announced the acquisition of 96,307 acres of forest land in King, Pierce and Lewis counties.
The purchase from White River Forests LLC includes 86,501 acres of the White River Forest that lies on both sides of Highway 410 between Enumclaw and Greenwater, and 9,806 acres of land located in northern Lewis County.
“This acquisition is another important step toward the Tribe’s goals of increasing our land base, reacquiring portions of our homeland and diversifying our economy,” Muckleshoot Tribal Council Chairwoman Virginia Cross said in a statement.
The statement said the tribe “looks forward to managing the land for the primary purpose of long-term sustainable timber harvest, while preserving natural values including fish and wildlive habitat, plan resources and areas of cultural importance.”
“The White River Forest is an important part of the tribe’s homeland,” Cross said. “Bringing this property into tribal ownership is the realization of a long-held goal of our people.”