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The Great Blue Herons Return to Their Nest!

Great Blue herons have returned to nest at March Point and Samish Island. These two heronries, both protected by Skagit Land Trust, feature over 600 nests and form one of the largest heron nesting areas in North America. Although access is restricted to protect the birds, you can experience the prehistoric-sounding calls of herons by listening to this audio clip. You can also view live images from the nest online or visit the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center to view the educational display.

Trust to expand Barney Lake Conservation Area

Bell PropertyThe Trust has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand the Barney Lake Conservation Area by purchasing the Bell Property, which includes 16 acres of wetlands, forest and a pristine section of Nookachamps Creek running through a deep ravine. We must raise $250,000 by April 2014 to purchase & restore the natural values of this truly special place. Learn more about the Bell Property Campaign and how you can help.

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Public Comment on Accreditation Renewal

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Skagit Land Trust was one of the first accredited land trusts in 2009 and is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open. Visit the Accreditation page to learn more.

AmeriCorps Member Receives State Award

In honor of the 2014 MLK Day of Service, Washington Service Corps Leaders invited Members to submit stories capturing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and the impacts of their service. Congratulations to our AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator Isabel for receiving one of two Washington Service Corps MLK Drum Majors for Service Awards. Isabel's work to engage volunteers in land stewardship has had a meaningful impact on Skagit's natural lands and our community!

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