Land Trust News

Conservation Social: Birds of the Skagit

Registration is now open for the November 12 Conservation Social: Birds of the Skagit event at the Museum of Northwest Art. Join us for presentations by UW Professor of Wildlife Science John Marzluff and avian artist/PhD student Jack DeLap. Professor Marzluff’s recent book Welcome to Subirdia features drawings by Mr. DeLap and illustrates how populations of a great variety of birds, as well as other creatures, are adapting to the conditions of our increasingly developed world. Visit the event page to learn more and register.

Guemes Forever Campaign

Skagit Land Trust has launched the Guemes Forever campaign to expand conservation of Guemes Island’s most valued natural assets – marine shoreline, forests, farmland, wetlands and public trails and nature areas. We have an immediate opportunity to expand the Guemes Mountain Conservation Area and are working with landowners to preserve exceptional island places for all generations. Visit the Guemes Forever page for information.

Visit Trust Conservation Areas

Skagit Land Trust protects beautiful lands throughout Skagit County - many of which are open to the public. Go for a walk at Cumberland Creek, bring your binoculars and do some birding at Green Road Marsh, or learn about elk at Hurn Field among other activities available at our conservation areas. See visiting Skagit Land Trust properties for details.

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Hidden Lakes Update

Over the past few months Skagit Land Trust has been working to protect Hidden Lakes, a beautiful forest bordering Mount Vernon's beloved Little Mountain Park, from being logged and possibly developed. Despite coming up with significant resources in partnership with the City of Mount Vernon, we are disappointed to report that the landowners were not willing to sell the property at a value we found reasonable. Skagit Land Trust also believes that the situation at Hidden Lakes highlights a conflict between state and municipal regulatory rules that has unintended, negative consequences for the environment. Please read the attached letter from the Trust's Board of Directors to learn more about our attempt to protect Hidden Lakes and expand the park, as well as what we believe our community can do to help prevent future loss of vital forest lands and forested wetlands (view this property's wetlands map) in our cities.

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