The supposed “preservation” group called “Swan Lake Watershed “Preservation” Group” headed by our ex county commissioner Angie Homola is at it again with more new demands placed on area landowners.
The Fakkema Farm has applied for a logging permit to log their acreage on North Whidbey unfortunately they have a group of relative newcomers to the Island that wish to stop this in the name of preservation.
We have seen in the past how this group has attempted, under the name of “preservation”, to rebuild the area surrounding Bos/Swan lake to suit their concept of an idyllic watershed blessed by man using any and all funding sources available.
Their last attempt at rewriting history was when the county was rewriting the GMA plan Angie Homola attempted to insert wording into the GMA plan that would have made Bos/Swan lake and the drainage ditch that feeds it a salmonid stream. This would have made the “restoration” of Bos/Swan lake available for state funding to preserve existing and historic salmonids stream in an attempt to recover salmon rearing areas and boost salmon recovery in the state. The problem was that there has never been any history of any salmon ever being in Swan/Bos lake or in the ditch that is now called Swantown Creek. Several hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds were spent proving what we already know, Bos/Swan lake has no salmonids in it. Read about that attempt here