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Cumberland Creek Property

Property Description

"Cumberland Creek" is a video piece created by Elisabetta Bastai during her time at Skagit Valley College. Elisabetta collaborated with the property steward Jim Johnson, the poet, executive director and co-founder of North Cascades Institute Saul Weisberg, and the renowned Native American flutist Peter Ali.

History of Cumberland Creek Conservation Area

The Trust purchased this floodplain forest with financial assistance from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Skagit Land Trust purchased 25 acres in December 2005, followed by the addition of 143 acres in March 2006, 27 acres in November 2006, and an additional 15 acres in three separate transactions over the past few years, including five acres of beautiful riparian forest in 2013.

Cumberland Creek preserves an oxbow lake, evidence for changes in the river shape over time.

This property is an excellent example of how rich in diversity the deciduous forests of the Skagit River floodplain can be. Cottonwoods, alders and big-leaf maples line the Skagit River and provide nutrients to the water, as well as homes for many species of birds and amphibians. Cumberland Creek also provides very important salmon habitat.

EarthCorps crew works on a restoration project during February of 2018. Photograph credit: Skagit Land Trust staff.

In October 2014, a project was completed to restore more than 4,000 feet of salmon habitat by diverting Cumberland Creek into its historic channel in a joint effort by the Skagit Land Trust, the Army Corps of Engineers, Skagit River System Cooperative (SRSC), Skagit County, and Seattle City Light. The creek had been in its current channel for about 80 years because of the South Skagit Highway. Skagit Land Trust Board Members, volunteers and staff had been advocating for the restoration of Cumberland Creek for several years and are very pleased to see the project’s completion. 

Students from Emerson High school participate in restoration project at Cumberland Creek

We encourage you to visit this property! You can tour this conservation area's interpretive trail, created by the 2009-2010 Emerson High School environmental science class. As part of their curriculum, these students studied the natural history of Cumberland Creek, wrote and designed an educational brochure. As you walk the trails, you'll find numbered posts corresponding to the brochure's information.

Hike the interpretive trails, bird along the shores and in the forest. There are several wood duck boxes along the oxbow pond.

Click here for a Google Map link to Cumberland Creek Conservation Area

Skagit Land Trust Arial (GIS) Map of Cumberland Creek

Click on the map above for a larger image.

How to Get There

From the South Skagit Hwy Park & Ride in Sedro-Woolley off of Route 9, take the S. Skagit Hwy 12 miles east.  Follow directions for address 34183 or using the Google map link above. Look for parking area in front of locked gate on the left side of the road. Boardwalk and Skagit Land Trust signs are just beyond gate.  Park in front of the gate and walk in. A good place to meet for carpooling is the Park and Ride area at the west entrance to South Skagit Highway on Highway 9.

Property Info

  • Type: Trust-Owned
  • Location: Cumberland Creek
  • Acreage: 211 acres
  • Date Added: 2005, 2006 and 2014
  • Please visit this property!

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