Annual Auction a Success
The 8th Annual Have Fun, Save Land Auction & Dinner held on Saturday, March 1st raised $109,000 (net) for local land conservation! Thank you to the 270 guests, hundreds of business supporters & individual donors and the many volunteers that helped make this a successful evening. Save the date for our next Auction scheduled for March 7, 2015. Interested in helping? Contact us!
Trust to expand Barney Lake Conservation Area
The 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 about the Bell Property Campaign and visit the property with us on the March 15 tour.
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.
March Point Heron Cam Receives Grant Funds
Grants from the D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust, Shell Puget Sound Refinery, and The Mountaineers Foundation will enable Skagit Land Trust to complete necessary upgrades to a wildlife camera system at the March Point Heronry to continue beaming remote imagery of nesting behaviors in the West Coast’s largest heron colony to the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Interpretive Center and online. Click HERE to learn more about the camera and the March Point Heronry.
Three Conservation Areas Expanded
Skagit Land Trust has acquired three properties to expand Skagit River shoreline, wetland, and forest protection for the benefit of all generations. In late August, the Land Opportunity Fund - with donor contributions raised during the Trust's Annual Auction - was utilized to purchase 10 acres to expand the Trust's 139-acre Minkler Lake Conservation Area, just west of Lyman. During the same month, an inholding was added to the Trust’s 205-acre Cumberland Creek Conservation Area. This protection was assisted by the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB), other public funds, and private citizens. And in September, 5.5 acres was added to the 87-acre Hurn Field Conservation Area with funding from SRFB and assistance from Seattle City Light. Click here to read the Skagit Valley Herald feature article.