Land buy adds 2,200 acres to Nisqually Community Forest

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Nisqually Community Forest will add 2,200 acres of land purchased for $9.6 million, effectively doubling the protected forest’s size. The Nisqually Indian Tribe and Nisqually Land Trust partnered to protect the land located west of Gifford Pinchot National Forest and north of the Nisqually Community Forest. The Tribe purchased 1,240 acres on the west side of the parcel while the land trust contributed 960 acres on the east side. It’s the largest transaction the land trust has undertaken since its founding 32 years ago and the first purchase of industrial timberlands by the tribe.