Nearly 9 acres of forested wetlands in Puyallup now officially is in the city’s hands and will be conserved.
The property, south of the city’s Decoursey and Clarks Creek parks, includes a portion of Dead Man’s Pond. The area is home to wildlife such as the endangered western pond turtle.
The city obtained the land through the Pierce County Conservation Futures Program, which uses money from a county property tax to purchase threatened natural areas or the rights to develop those areas in the future.
A longtime Puyallup family owned the property; the Puget Sound conservation group Forterra helped negotiate the transaction.
“Dead Man’s Pond is a real asset for Puyallup’s ecology as well as its residents,” said Forterra South Sound Conservation Director Jordan Rash in a news release. “We are especially excited about the conservation as it marks our first project with the City of Puyallup and continued progress on The Cascade Agenda.”
The Agenda is the agency’s long-range conservation plan for the central Cascade region.
Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Puyallup Mayor Rick Hansen also praised the acquisition in statements included in the release.