Naval Radio Station [NAVRADSTA], Jim Creek
Naval Radio Station (T), Jim Creek, Oso, WA
The United States Navy VLF radio transmitter and Antenna are located at Jim Creek, in Oso, Washington. The primary mission of this radio site is to provide radio transmitting capabilities for the Pacific submarine fleet. Established in the 1950's, the transmitting system developed for the site remains 'state -of-the-art' in producing low frequency emissions world-wide. Located near Arlington, Washington, in the foothills of the Cascades, north of Seattle, the site has 5,000 largely forested acres.
In 1991, the Navy purchased rights to 250 acres of old growth forest, using $3 million of Legacy Resource Management Program funding to secure the largest remaining old-growth Spruce and Cedar forest in Puget Sound. Natural mountain lakes provide pristine habitat for wildlife including beaver, river otter, waterfowl and Bald Eagles.
Located in the foothills of the North Cascades, Jim Creek serves as a Naval Radio Station and a Regional Outdoor Recreation Area for active duty personnel, reservists, retirees, DoD civilians and sponsored guests. It is just outside of Arlington, WA, about one and a half hours north of Seattle. With over 5000 acres, mostly wilderness, Jim Creek offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Twin Lakes are famous for great fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. Jim Creek flourishes with fish, wildlife and Northwest flora. A group lodge is perfect for retreats and seminars; guest quarter, two group camps, a picnic pavilion, six cabins, three full hookup RV sites, 14 no-hookup campsites, a playground, gym, showers, boat rentals, hiking and biking trails, and breathtaking scenic viewpoints.
The Jim Creek Wilderness Area has been designated for recreational use by military and DoD civilian personnel. Programs include environmental education, outdoor recreation and leadership training and sponsorship of special events. Facilities include a campground with a gym, social center and store. Navy Legacy projects include trail construction, and a salmon hatchery built in cooperation with the Stillaquamish Indian Tribe to restock the salmon spawning stream.
To secure the protection and preservation of 225 acres of ancient forest and associated lakes, creeks, and wetlands through the purchase of property rights is a long process. With the help of the Legacy Resource Management Program, authorized by Congress in the 1991 Defense Appropriations Act, the Navy purchased the timber rights on this remnant pristine old growth forest. Jim Creek is a prime example of priceless resources on military lands: many trees in the 225 acres are estimated to be up to 1500-1700 years old with some over 260 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter. The prevention of further ecosystem degradation to this old growth environment will provide essential habitat for the marbled murrelet and other sensitive species for years to come and serves as a model of the military's concern for protecting the nation's natural heritage.
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