Volunteer Land Stewards adopt one of Skagit Land Trust's properties and provide stewardship over a long period of time. As eyes and ears for the Trust, Land Stewards:
- visit their property at least quarterly to see what has been happening in their absence;
- periodically take photographs at designated points to document changes;
- perform minor maintenance on the property, talk to neighbors, initiate investigations of encroachments;
- report findings to the Trust staff.
Day Creek Slough & Minkler Lake · Mount Vernon
Hal became the Day Creek Slough land steward in 2008. He courageously took on a second property, Minkler Lake, in 2010. At both properties, Hal wears himself out waging war on blackberries, canary grass and knotweed. Hal worked in electronics and hydraulics at Team Corporation, and in Oceanography at the University of Washington.
Guemes Mountain · Guemes Island
Ian believes that land preservation is the most direct and effective way to improve the physical environment, so Ian became an SLT Land Steward in 2014 after living on Guemes for 35 years. Ian maintains trails on Guemes while enjoying the forests and views of magical sunrises and sunsets. He has a varied background in renewable energy writing, editing, consulting, sales, and teaching. When not enjoying Guemes Mountain with other happy hikers, Ian gardens, makes music, and walks on the beach.
Jim and Ranae Watson
Pressentin · Concrete
Jim and Ranae have lived adjacent to Pressentin Conservation Area for 20 years and enjoy watching and studying wildlife in the area. Jim has been the statewide Raptor Research Scientist for WDFW for most of his career. For many years, Ranae, a dental office assistant, assisted him on research projects. The Watsons have spent a lot of their married lives bird watching, camping, and hiking in between raising two sons. They appreciate the opportunity to steward the property and to educate their neighbors about Pressentin CA’s uniqueness.
Mud Lake · Conway
Mike grew up on the Minnesota prairie and moved to Washington to start a career in forestry. He has worked for various conservation organizations over the years, including Shenandoah National Park, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Boise National Forest. When Mike isn’t working in the woods he enjoys backpacking, climbing mountains, and volunteering for local conservation projects. He is excited to steward the diverse wetlands on the Mud Lake property - hopefully without getting wet!