Have Fun, Save Land Annual Auction & Dinner
Save the date for the party of year! Saturday, March 1, 2014 is Skagit Land Trust's 8th Annual Have Fun, Save Land Auction & Dinner. With the support of many generous sponsors, item donors and volunteers, 100% of proceeds will benefit local land conservation and stewardship. We are currently accepting item and experience donations - visit the event webpage or contact Auction Director Mary Mae Hardt at (360) 428-7878 if you can help make this a successful evening in support of Skagit's natural lands.
Support Skagit Land Trust
Help protect Skagit County's natural heritage by becoming a Skagit Land Trust member. Join with 1,000 household and business members to save the lands we love. Visit our secure online giving page to become a member, renew, give a gift membership, or make a special gift. You may also print a membership form to mail in or call 360-428-7878 to make a donation by phone. Thank you!
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.
Renewing Barney Lake's Natural Splendor
Driving on east College Way just became a little more scenic with the removal of billboards on a property now owned by Skagit Land Trust. The billboards were removed as part of a larger plan to guide the management of the 350-acre Barney Lake Conservation Area.
The plan also includes outings to involve the community in caring for and enjoying the land; implementation of a plan to restore the Logan Creek stream channel and riparian areas to support native fish, amphibians, and songbirds; working with a local farmer to maintain agricultural activities on the property and provide forage for migrating waterfowl; and partnering to make a recreational trail connection on the eastern edge of the property.
Explore Skagit's Natural Lands
A new interpretive sign and map has been placed at the trailhead for the Barr Creek Conservation Area. The Hegg-Benson Trail at Barr Creek is a great hike for kids & adults on a green, lush trail to a cascading waterfall. Want to explore the Skagit more this fall? Check out our Visiting Trust Properties page to learn more about exploring protected places across the county.