SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Willamalane is increasing its boundaries even further, thanks to a deal with Weyerhauser.
After two years of negotiations and with the help of the Trust for Public Land, Willamalane has bought 136 acres and an adjoining four-mile log truck road. The new acquisition will be a natural park with a trail system that connects to the Thurston Hills Ridgeline. The land cost $3.6 million and was purchased with funds from the bond measure passed in November.
Back in March, Willamalane bought a 175-acre plot from the Gray Jaqua family. It’s now trying to acquire the space between that and this new plot. If all goes as planned, work could begin on the new trails as early as the end of 2014.