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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.

Building Connections between Youth and Nature

On June 17th the radio show Speak Up! Speak Out! aired a segment sharing the positive impacts experienced by Emerson High School students working with Skagit Land Trust. In this segment you will hear from the Natural Resource Connections teacher Bev Mowrer, Volunteer Land Steward Jim Johnson, and of course a few students. Sharing how their connections with the environment have changed over the course of several months visiting natural lands! Please enjoy the story by following this link: Speak Up! Speak Out!

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