Environmental History & Activism: Local and Regional Resources: Whatcom County Development History

An introduction to resources available locally, including through the Heritage Resources programs of Western Libraries.

About this section

Resources within this section provide background information regarding local development & industries that historically defined Whatcom County, and have impacted the environment.    Major industries include farming, fishing, mining (gold & coal), and all aspects of the timber industry (including logging, milling, etc.); as well as hydroelectric dams in eastern Whatcom County.



Several barges loaded with sawdust are waiting to be offloaded at the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill.
The mill is viewed from the water looking toward Sehome Hill.

Related Guides

Dams: Hydroelectric Dams


Mining: Coal, Gold, Sandstone, etc.


Timber: Logging & Mills