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Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 22:56
From: "Michael McFarlane" - MMcFarla@co.whatcom.wa.us
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Subject: Re: Fwd: County Park land destruction on Blue Canyon Road

To all: I met Rita Foley onsite at approximately 3:30 this afternoon after she left a message with our receptionist in the Park Office. Her concern was that her neighbor had used a bulldozer and encroached on County Park property located on Lake Whatcom and across from her property on Blue Canyon Road. This is about the 10th time in the last couple of months that I've visited the site in response to concerns she has regarding her neighbor and the development occurring on that property.

What I observed was someone had backed onto and turned a vehicle (perhaps a tractor or 4WD truck) on the adjoining private property and left a set of tracks in an area that was seeded within the past several months. This was not a bulldozer, nor did I observe any recent earth moving in the area. Someone had also hand weeded the newly planted trees within the buffer zone and left the weeds laying out to dry. There was also a pile of freshly cut alders that appeared to have been brought in and stacked near a newly constructed fire pit. I assume they will be using them as fuel for a campfire. This was all located on the adjoining private property and not on County Park land. There was in fact nothing disturbed or out of order on the adjoining County Park property. The survey markers for the County and private land are clearly visible in this area. Last week Mrs. Foley called concerned that someone had moved her corner marker and the parks survey stake. Today I showed her that her corner marker was still in the same place it has been for a number of years. I have also verified with Larry Steele who had surveyed and placed the markers that in fact they do correspond with the surveys of record on both Mrs. Foley's property and the Park's property. To date the only activity I've observed on County property has been the painting and flagging of the survey stakes which is permissible and no threat to the lake or County land.

While in the area I also checked on our other County Park holdings along the road and observed no activity or disturbance to these properties. I am not aware of the specifics regarding Mrs. Foley's neighbor's activities or plans, but what I did observe was on private property, appeared to be within the law and not infringing on the adjoining County Park land. Park staff will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly when necessary. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, or if in the future you have similar concerns.

Michael McFarlane
Director Parks & Recreation

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