Agreement reached to preserve heron habitat in Redmond

March 4, 2004

Associated Press
King 5 News

Herons form pair-bonds, usually in March and April. Although great blue herons occasionally nest singly, most breed in localized colonies of up to hundreds of nesting pairs.
REDMOND, Wash. - An agreement has been reached to preserve the habitat of several dozen herons hear the center of Redmond. Safeco Insurance has agreed to donate 4.6 acres to the municipality. The land next to the Workshop Tavern on Leary Way Northeast is valued at nearly a $1 million.

In exchange for donating the land, Safeco is being released from an obligation to spend $200,000 on a traffic signal.

At one time developers planned to build an office complex on the land, but that idea stalled after a King County employee spotted a heron nest on the land in the mid-1990s.



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