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Nestle donated Carnation land to county
CARNATION _ When King County approached Nestle USA
last year and asked to buy about 60 acres of their land, the corporate
offices needed to take the proposal into consideration. Last week, the
company who owns the Nestle Regional Training Center in Carnation, refused to
sell the property; instead, they decided to donate the land.
"To me, that typifies everything all the recent Earth Day activities
symbolized _ a real commitment to making the communities we live and
work in a better place," said King County Executive Ron Sims. "It is with
our heartfelt thanks that we salute Nestle for being a good corporate neighbor."
The property, which has been owned by Nestle since 1985, is a
prime ecological sanctuary in the Snoqualmie Watershed. The
county wanted to preserve the area because it is one of the few salmon
spawning areas in the Valley.
"It was a critical piece because we had three sides of the property
bordered by the Snoqualmie River," explained county spokeswoman
Elaine Kraft. "In the Snoqualmie Watershed there's limited spawning grounds
for the chinook, pink and chum salmon."
The county plans to keep the 60 acres of property
development-free and will extend its planting efforts
on the site to preserve the integrity of the riverbanks.
Previously, Carnation Farms used the land as a grazing area for
their cattle. But when Nestle converted the property to a training facility, the
need for the $235,000 parcel of land was no longer necessary and the
company felt that the county could better utilize the space.
"Nestle's commitment to be the `very best' includes giving back
in ways that are meaningful and beneficial to the communities in which
we operate," said Frank Novac, director of the Nestle Regional Training
Center. "Through this land donation, King County will work in the best
interest of the community to retain open spaces and work toward
preserving salmon habitat."
The Nestle land donation announcement was a part of
King County's Earth Legacy 2000. The program will promote seven
environmental initiatives including:
200,000 Trees - where 200,000 trees were planted in King County;
Forest initiative _ create regulations that protect the forests;
Wetland initiative _ establish consistent wetland policies and codes;
Protecting Our Salmon _ caring for the endangered species;
SmartGrowth _ promote growth management and land use policies;
Earth Legacy Programs _ encourage residents to protect the
Partnerships _ partner with other cities to exchange information.
"Our goal is simple," Sims said. "Make sure King County is as nice
a place to live on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as it is today."