In 1988, Bob Wise and his committee led a three-year battle to prevent development of Salmon Creek. Construction equipment was already operating in the area, cutting trees and preparing the land for housing development. But even the would-be developers recognized the dangers inherent in trying to subdue this fragile environment, laced, as it is, with steep hillsides, unstable soils, and slippery slopes.
In 1990, the Salmon Creek Greenbelt was established, thanks to the efforts of Wise and his committee. King County took charge of 77 acres, the first piece of property to be preserved as part of the Washington State Open Spaces Initiative. In 1991, the Salmon Creek clean-up and improvement program began; over 1,000 seedlings were planted by volunteers. The road winding from the sewer plant up to Ambaum was filled with crushed rock, improving its marshy conditions.
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