It's All Connected - Annual Meeting Recap
100 supporters joined us at Fidalgo Bay Resort on January 15 for our 23rd Annual Members’ Meeting. Awards recognized Community Engagement volunteer Ryan Walters for contributing years of website expertise and the staff of Skagit County Public Works for their Outstanding Partnership on multiple conservation and stewardship projects. The evening’s feature presentation “It’s All Connected” included a compelling presentation by retired North Cascades National Park head naturalist Tim Manns and Trust staff sharing our new Conservation Strategy and approach to addressing climate change. Thank you to the Samish Indian Nation for hosting us at their beautiful property.
Illabot Creek Conservation
Skagit’s Illabot Creek just became more thoroughly “wild and scenic” with the purchase and signing of a voluntary conservation easement agreement between the Trust and private landowners. The Illabot Creek Conservation Easement conserves one-half mile of river shoreline and working farmland. Illabot Creek is one of the most important tributaries of the Skagit River - extremely important salmon production and recovery. This easement is one of several salmon recovery projects funded by the State in the Illabot watershed.
Winter 2015 Newsletter
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 and 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 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.