From wild birds to beet seeds, the Skagit Valley's riches are being kept safe
Competing interests collaborate to save what's best for all.
By Ron Judd
Pacific NW staff writer
THE WAYWARD elk could not have known. A solitary bull, he struck out from the upper Skagit Valley during last fall's rut, heading west, downstream, along the Skagit River — and just kept right on going.
Marching across the Skagit Flats, the elk clearly did not intend to make a point about smart land use, creative coalitions between tractor drivers and policy wonks, or any other trappings of the fight to save the Puget Sound region's last, best fertile valley from death by pavement.
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