What is the Future of Cherry Point?


June 22, 2016

Now that coal is not an option, our three panelists gave us their vision of the future of this valuable resource.  The Army Corps of Engineers gave the Lummi Nation a victory on May 9th by declaring the permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal null and void since the project would restrict the tribe’s treaty fishing rights. There were opposing viewpoints as to whether the terminal would really bring prosperity to the Northwest corner, not to mention the environmental concerns that led the heated opposition.

  • Could there be other uses for the land that would benefit the Lummi Nation and the Whatcom County community?
  • Can jobs and environmental concerns coexist?

Our speakers gave their perspective on the possibilities and challenges of this valuable land.

  • Tim Ballew II, A lifelong resident of the Lummi Indian Reservation has been  Chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council since 2012.  He is a commercial fisherman and has served his tribe in many ways including, serving  on the Lummi Nation Education Board, the Lummi  Commercial Company Board of Directors and the Lummi  Housing Authority  Commission.
  • James McCafferty, Assistant Director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Western Washington University He coordinates connections between the University and the real world with such projects as the latest Futures report for Whatcom County.
  • Mark Lowry, labor activist, serves as President of the Northwest Labor Council, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 843, and the Vice President of the WA State Labor Council.   He is also a founding member of the Blue Green Coalition.