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Muckleshoots pay $313 million for timberland near Mount Rainier

Muckleshoots pay $313 million for timberland near Mount Rainier Enlarge BUSINESS JOURNAL PHOTO | Marcus R. Donner The Muckleshoot Tribe bought 86,501 acres of forest land near Mount Rainier on Wednesday.

Marc Stiles Staff Writer- Puget Sound Business Journal Email  |  Twitter

timberland The Muckleshoot Tribe on Wednesday said it has bought 96,307 acres of timberland with the bulk of it in King and Pierce counties.

timberland boots kids The total purchase price was $312.8 million, according to public records.

timberland boot sale Just over 86,501 acres are in King and Pierce counties near Mount Rainier National Park. This White River Forest land is on both sides of state Route 410 between Eumclaw and Greenwater. In addition, the tribe bought 9,806 acres of forest in North Lewis County.

timberland boots kids The seller of all of the lands was a limited liability company whose address is the same as Hancock Natural Resources Group Inc. of Boston.

timberland shoes “This acquisition is another important step toward the tribe’s goals of increasing our land base, re-acquiring portions of our homeland and diversifying our economy,” Muckleshoot Tribal Council Chair Virginia Cross said in a statement.

timberland boot sale She added that the tribe will manage the land for “the primary purpose of long-term sustainable timber harvest,” while preserving wildlife habitat. The forest will provide jobs and revenue for tribal government programs, she said.

A tribal spokesman said the tribe in the coming months will develop guidelines on issues such as whether non-tribal members will be allowed access to the land.

Muckleshoot people ceded title to thousands of acres of land in the Treaties of Point Elliott and Medicine Creek. In addition, United States policy in the latter half of the 19th century was to break up tribal communal land holdings by allotting reservations land to individual families.

In subsequent years, tribal members suffering poverty and discrimination were often forced to sell of their land to non-Indians, according to a news release that the Muckleshoots issued.

"The White River Forest is an important part of the tribe's homeland," Cross said. "Bringing this property into tribal ownership is the realization of a long-held goal of our people."

This story has been updated since it was first posted.

Marc Stiles covers commercial real estate and government for the Puget Sound Business Journal. Related links: Agriculture
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