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Project: WSU Demonstration Forest
Address: S Prairie Rd, 202nd to 214th St E
Contact Person: Community Services Director John Vodopich
Contact Number: 253-447-4345

Project Status and Details:

Proposed Site PlanView Project Updates
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On December 22, 2009, the City Council approved the WSU Forest Comprehensive Plan amendment (
Ordinance 1340) and a Development Agreement (Resolution 1991) related to the WSU Forest. 

As part of the Development Agreement, 47.4 acres of property and two ponds and their surrounding infiltration areas will be dedicated to the City. The proposed site plan includes a proposed location for a YMCA or other community recreation facility, provides for interim use of trails in the forest, etc. 

For more information, please view Ordinance 1340 and Resolution 1991, as well as the resources related to the Comprehensive Plan amendment application, below. Check back to this page for updated information about the land dedicated to the City. For information on the proposed commercial/medical development site, please view the related Commercial Development project page.

Project Updates: From the Mayor's Weekly Newsletter (sign up to receive newsletters):

October 8, 2011:  Staff performed a site visit to the WSU/Quadrant wetland mitigation site to monitor the start of work.

October 1, 2011:  [Planning Staff] Performed site visits and inspections for the WSU/Quadrant land clearing and tree removal permits.

March 1, 2011: The Plant Salvage was rescheduled to Saturday, March 13th due to weather. For more information visit

February 22, 2011:  The City was notified that the Native Plant Salvage Alliance will hold a native plant salvage collection at the WSU Bonney Lake Forest on Sunday February 27, 2011. The plant salvage is open to the public and is restricted to the eastern 75 acres of the forest, which is not owned by the City. WSU has given permission to the Native Plant Salvage Alliance for this salvage event. For more information please visit the Native Plant Salvage Alliance website:

January 8, 2011:  Councilmembers Hamilton and McKibbin joined Don and [the Mayor] in a meeting with Bob Ecklund of the YMCA to discuss the proposed YCMA project in Bonney Lake. We discussed various scenarios and timetables in which a Y in Bonney Lake could be constructed.

September 18, 2010:
  [Public Works] Received and began review of first re-submittal permit for master Drainage Plan drawings.

Deed Signing - Mayor Neil Johnson with Pete Lymberis from Quadrant Corp.
June 18, 2010: Today, Mayor Johnson received a deed on 40 acres of land transferring ownership from Weyerhaeuser and Washington State University to the City of Bonney Lake from Mr. Pete Lymberis, Assistant Vice President with the Quadrant Corporation. The deed should be formally recorded with the Pierce County Auditor’s office next week. (View full Press Release)

March 19, 2010: [Community Services Department] Along with GIS staff, started doing tree inventories on the perimeter of the WSU Forest. Worked with Rails-to-Trails Coalition to schedule a volunteer cleanup event at WSU on April 3rd. Volunteers will focus on the trails while staff will work on taking down the No Trespassing signs.

WSU Demonstration Forest Comprehensive Plan Amendment
Description: Changes to Land Use Designations and Zoning of WSU Forest

Council Action: Approved by the Council on December 22, 2009 (Ordinance 1340).

1.  Final Environmental Impact Statement (11/24/2009)

Or you may download the Final EIS document as several smaller files, below:

2.  Presentation to Planning Commission (excerpt)  (7/1/2009)  

3.  Public Hearing Presentation (excerpt) (9/2/2009) 

4.  Draft Environmental Statement (DEIS) - Download this document in PDF format in installments using the links below, or as a single .ZIP file here: Full DEIS (57 M). 


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