Aerial View of Bellingham Area
Photo Courtesy Nick Kelly / Faithlife Corporation & WMBC
Galbraith Mountain is the common name for the privately-owned, 3,125-acre woodlands and tree farm on North Lookout Mountain, overlooking the city of Bellingham and Bellingham Bay. In June of 2017, Galbraith Tree Farm, LLC purchased 2,240 acres of the property with the intent to sustainably harvest an average of about 50 acres per year depending on market conditions.
Galbraith Mountain also contains over 50-miles of mountain biking and hiking trails that local volunteers have been developing since the 1980's. The trail system is currently under the stewardship of the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC), which took over the role in 2002. Galbraith Tree Farm, LLC supports continuing recreational access to the tree farm and looks forward to working together with WMBC and our local government agencies toward preserving and enhancing public access to this wonderful natural resource.
BELLINGHAM, WA (July 5, 2017) -- Galbraith Tree Farm, LLC has announced the purchase of 2,240 acres of the tree farm at Galbraith Mountain. Timber management at the Bellingham, Washington tree farm will continue under Janicki Logging and Construction, which has managed operations since 2010.
“Galbraith Mountain is an integral part of the Bellingham community. We are proud to assume responsibility as its steward for the residents of, and visitors to, northwest Washington,” says Rob Janicki, founder of Galbraith Tree Farm LLC.
“One of the motivating factors behind the purchase of the tree farm at Galbraith Mountain was our desire to provide continued access to the 45-plus miles of trails that are used year-round by tens of thousands of bikers, hikers and runners,” says Kiersten Sahlberg of The RJ Group, the Bellingham-based firm representing Galbraith Tree Farm LLC.
Eric Brown, Trail Director for the nonprofit organization, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, says his organization has been working with Janicki Logging for the past seven years and are looking forward to continued mutual cooperation with Janicki Logging. “We are excited about having Galbraith Tree Farm LLC be the new landowners.”
Janicki Logging is well respected for its sustainable timber harvesting practices. With the tree farm at Galbraith Mountain now under ownership of Galbraith Tree Farm LLC, the company will expand on those practices, selling its crop to local manufacturers along the regional I-5 corridor and harvesting at sustainable levels.
“As residents and long-time business owners in the Bellingham area, we are passionate about working with our neighbors and our communities. Through the purchase of Galbraith Tree Farm, we hope to continue to grow and enhance our region in a positive and sustainable way,” says Sahlberg.
Photo courtesy of Tore Ofteness & WMBC
Logging operations will continue as usual. The annual average harvest area will be 50 acres, maintaining the approximate level of harvesting as in the past.
No. We do not anticipate any real changes in the next year. All existing trails will continue to be open for use. We will be working closely with the WMBC to apprise users of the mountain of any new activity and keep open a clear channel of communication.
Janicki Logging & Construction will continue management of logging operations on behalf of Galbraith Tree Farm, LLC, which is the owner of the tree farm. The RJ Group will spearhead the implementation of all other future “big picture” projects associated with the mountain.
Northside: The northside accesses the mountain at Birch St. from downtown Bellingham off of Lakeway Dr. with a parking lot and on street parking or park in Whatcom Falls Park and ride to the entrance. The Miranda trail gets you onto the mountain and from there you can access a number of trails options.
Southside: The southside is accessed via Samish Way with a parking lot directly across the street from Galbraith Lane road. Park here or at the Lake Padden parking area near the dog park.
When you go up Galbraith Lane, go straight towards the pipeline road and through the yellow gate. You will accesstrails like Last Call, New Issues and Lost Giants. Access to the tower road is now via Last Call to Gate and Switch or Last Call to Dog Patch.
Please send us your questions or comments. We would love to hear from the community about what YOU would like to see at Galbraith moving into the future!
Galbraith Tree Farm, LLC
103 N Township St
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284-1243