400 acres of forest land on the Olympic Peninsula will be permanently protected from development, thanks to a $6.63 million conservation easement.
The announcement comes from the Trust for Public Land, Green Diamond Resource Co., and the state Department of Natural Resources.
Funding is from the U.S. Forest Service.
The land is owned by Green Diamond Resource Co., which will continue to manage the property. The land, located between Hood Canal and Case Inlet, will remain in active timber production.
This is the second phase of a three-phase effort to protect more than 20,000 acres from development.