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Winter 2015 Newsletter

Read all about it! The Winter 2015 Skagit Update newsletter has the latest news and events including the magnificent story of Cumberland Creek returning home after 80 years of diversion, restoring vital salmon habitat along the South Skagit. Thank you to our members and partners who make it all possible!

Engaging Youth in Conservation

Engaging youth in conservation is important today and for the future of our community. The Trust is building programs to deepen involvement with schools, youth groups, and families to involve people of all ages in the stewardship of Skagit's conservation lands. Read the recent Skagit Valley Herald article "Hands-on course connects teens with outdoors, community" about our partnership with Mount Vernon's Emerson High School.

Using Science and Local Knowledge to Save Land

Skagit Land Trust received a $1,500 grant from the Washington Association of Land Trusts and the Land Trust Alliance to help develop materials that communicate our priorities in local voluntary land conservation. Based on science and local knowledge, we have developed a Conservation Strategy to help us identify what we think needs to be conserved for a resilient and sustainable Skagit far into the future. This grant enabled us to work with local company BrandQuery to develop a Conservation Strategy handout with compelling graphics to communicate our conservation strategy in an understandable and interesting way that encourages collaboration and partnership at both the public and private level.

Cumberland Creek Is Home At Last!

Restoring more than 4,000 feet of salmon habitat, Cumberland Creek has been diverted into its historic channel in a joint effort by the Skagit Land Trust, the Army Corps of Engineers, Skagit River System Cooperative (SRSC), Skagit County, and Seattle City Light. The creek had been in its current channel for about 80 years because of the the South Skagit Highway. Skagit Land Trust Board Members, volunteers and staff have been advocating for the restoration of Cumberland Creek for several years and are very pleased to see the project’s completion. Watch a video of the exciting moment and read more about it here.

Ivy Pull at Hurn Field Makes the News

Our successful ivy pull at Hurn Field Conservation Area was highlighted in the Skagit Valley Herald. Thank you, Volunteers! Stay informed about future opportunities to pull ivy at Hurn by subscribing to our e-news or e-mail Kay at to learn more.

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