Swamp Lake Forest
In 2009, a partnership among the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Trust for Public Land, and Kittitas Conservation Trust resulted in the acquisition of the Swamp Lake Forest from a private landowner for the benefit of endangered and other important wildlife species. This purchase is part of a larger conservation effort to protect land in this important ecosystem corridor.
This 71-acre, forested property is located approximately 15 miles east of Roslyn in northwestern Kittitas County, Washington. The Swamp Lake Forest is situated within the Keechelus-Kachess sub-basin of the Yakima River Drainage. Dense Douglas fir/Pacific silver fir forest cover dominates nearly the entire 2,500-foot elevation ownership. Swamp Lake Forest is bordered by US Forest Service (USFS) land to the north and south and private lands owned by Forterra to the east and west. The surrounding landscape includes industrial timberlands, public forest, and rural residential development.
Swamp Lake Forest plays a small, but important role in recovery efforts for many at-risk wildlife species, including Canada lynx, Pacific fisher, and the northern spotted owl. By providing undeveloped forested habitat adjacent to Swamp Lake--home to native mollusks, rare plants, and an array of fungi--Swamp Lake Forest is an important protective buffer for the lake.