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Friends of Rocky Prairie

Location and Maps
Of the South Sound Logistics Center (SSLC)


We are so very grateful to everyone who came to the Port of Tacoma meeting on Thursday, June 13, to show and speak their support for saving Rocky Prairie!!

Unfortunately, the Port of Tacoma Commissioners voted unanimously to extend the Purchase and Sale Agreement with Northpoint development company through August of 2020!, ignoring the pleas of Thurston County citizens to sell the property to WDFW.

The fight continues. 
Please stay tuned....

 (View, read, and share the fact sheet).


The site is located 13 miles south of Olympia, Washington, closest to Maytown and between Scott Lake and Tenino--each within a mile or two as the crow flies. The one and only entrance at this point in time 13120 Tilley Road SW. It is located within a 1/2 of a mile of Millersylvania State Park and Deep Lake. It is a portion of sections 1 and 2, township 16 north, range 2 west, and is part of the West Rocky Prairie, Scatter Creek Wildlife, and Black River Watershed area of Thurston County. The Proposed SSLC is directly on the “I“ in Chehalis on the following map.

Click on image to see larger picture of where the proposed SSLC will be located.

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of where the SSLC is located.

The property has access to two rail lines, one operated by Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BSNF) and the other by the Tacoma Rail Mountain division – its track runs east/west through wetlands on the property’s northern border. BNSF rail line is outside the property to the east and the tracks run north/south through growing communities and nearby Tenino schools.

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The map, below, shows the recent WA Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) acquisition of 809.42 acres (beige shaded area) of the original 1625 Citifor acres. The large area immediately above the WDFW property, including the large section north of the rail tracks, belongs to the Port of Tacoma.

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Below is an aerial view of the recently acquired 745-acre Port of Tacoma property with the proposed site of the South Sound Logistics Center (yellow highlights the border).

The property has two zoning designations; about 40% of it is RRI (Rural Resource Industrial), and the rest is RRR 1/5 (Rural Residential Resource 1 house per 5 acres.)

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The Ports have repeatedly claimed, and continue to assert, they do not know what the South Sound Logistics Center would look like. It was surprising, then, when the schematic (shown below) was discovered in the summer of 2007 in a Port of Tacoma document on the Internet. The document was dated December 5, 2006 but, as we learned from the Freedom of Information Act, three versions of this schematic have been used consistently by the Ports dating back 1½ years or more.

Beside the obvious, there are 6 rail tracks at 10,000 feet minimum, as well as, a Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) transfer facility in the northeast corner. Thousands of feet of adjoining residential property along the BNSF rail line would be condemned to allow trains lead-time for slow entry into the property.

Schematic image (from a Port of Tacoma slideshow titled Mannelly_Tacomas.pdf):

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Roughly 70% of the freight received by northwest ports is merely passing through to its destination – Chicago and the east coast.


Friends of Rocky Prairie

Contact us by email:  friendsofrockyprairie@gmail.com

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