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Pierce County – with help from conservation friends – acquires Devil’s Head for public use

It seems like you can see forever from Devil’s Head. The tip of Pierce County’s Key Peninsula has sweeping views of Puget Sound, its wooded islands, its snow-capped mountains.

It’s travel poster stuff. And now, it’s in public hands.

Aerial view of Devil's Head: Photos courtesy of Cascade Land Conservancy

But don’t put on your hiking boots just yet; it will be some time before its publicly accessible.

The 94-acre swath at the toe of the Key Peninsula was acquired by Pierce County Tuesday with the help of a coalition of conservation partners, including the Cascade Land Conservancy, according to a news release.

Red line shows boundaries of Devil's Head property

It includes about a mile of shoreline, two bald eagle nesting sites, wetlands, old growth timber and a pocket estuary, the news release says.

The $3.4 million land purchase closed Tuesday.

The land was bought from Inspiration Inn, LLC. Owner Tim Jopp originally wanted to put a retreat and conference facility there.

Buying it took years of work and cooperation from a number of parties, including elected county officials, county employees, the Cascade Land Conservancy, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, the Nisqually Tribe of Indians, the Greater Peninsula Conservancy, the Key Peninsula Parks District and the Washington Water Trails
Association, the news release said.

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