PO Box 13324, Olympia, WA 98508 info@thurstonclimateaction.org

Rocky Prairie Proposed Rezone and Development

June 13, 2019 - 12 PM
Fabulich Center
3600 Port of Tacoma Road, Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma is proposing to sell, for industrial development, 745 acres in rural south Thurston County that is a unique habitat matrix near Millersylvania State Park and adjacent to a Fish & Wildlife preserve and recreation area.

The Purchase and Sale Agreement is item 5.E on the Port’s agenda.

The Port’s original plan when they purchased the parcel was to build an “intermodal” truck and train transport hub called the South Sound Logistics Center. The new plan includes that vision plus 6 million sq. ft. of warehousing. There would be traffic, noise, and light 24 hours a day.

The Friends of Rocky Prairie would appreciate people coming to this week’s Port of Tacoma before noon with small signs saying Save Rocky Prairie, and signing up to speak a few sentences. (See their concerns, below.) Public comments are taken very near the beginning of the meeting.


From I-5 N. take exit 136B
Go one block past 1st major
intersection of Hwy 99/Pacific and
turn in – large building is on your left.

Friends of Rocky Prairie have the following concerns about this proposal to rezone and develop the 745 acres at Rocky Prairie:

  • The site is a recharge area for the critical, sensitive aquifer underlying the Black River watershed. Wells in the area will be impacted as would be surface water quality in general due to run off from the increased traffic and from the impermeable surfaces on the site to the DFW wetland downstream from the site.
  • Siting the facility on this parcel now may well run afoul of the Hirst Decision as it depreciates the water rights of every well owner within several miles.
  • There are two salmon-bearing streams that run through the site and feed into Deep Lake at the Park.
  • Millersylvania State Park, a popular and historic place of tranquility would be transformed; soon people would stop visiting.
  • Exits 99 and 95 of I-5 would be jammed with traffic, and Hwy 99 between Tenino and Olympia would be permanently impeded.
  • This site and the protected wildlife habitat next to it are home to mima mounds, outwash prairie (one of the very few examples that still exist), and six endangered species.
  • The citizens of this county have resisted the construction of this facility in court and in county government actions since 2006. The Black Hills Audubon Society and the Friends of Rocky Prairie have the led effort for all these years and continue to carry the banner to this day.
  • We must do everything possible to insure that this land be returned to natural habitat, as was directed in the special use permit issued in 2005.

For more information: 


Contact FORPrairie@hotmail.com 

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