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Samish Flower Farm Property

Property Description

Property Description

Located at the entrance to Samish Island, Samish Flower Farm is the forested “coming home” view for islanders and visitors. The 100+ year-old forest that encompasses both sides of Samish Island Road, provides nesting, roosting, perching, and foraging habitat for a variety of raptors such as the Bald Eagle, Osprey, Cooper’s Hawk, and owls, as well as migratory song birds. It is used as a staging and feeding area for herons that nest nearby. The property also features 500 feet of natural shoreline that feed into Padilla Bay.

Unarmored beach at Samish Flower Farm
Pictured above: The natural shoreline of Samish Flower Farm provides nesting and foraging habitat for a variety of species.

 

Conservation Story

The creation of the Samish Flower Farm Conservation Area is a testament to the community’s love and support for this unique property. More than 500 families, businesses, and organizations donated towards the purchase of the property. The Conservation Fund provided the Trust a partial bridge loan while the Trust awaited grant funds. Without conservation ownership, the property could have been cleared and subdivided into numerous smaller lots. The purchase of these 34.25 acres ensures that the land will remain forever undeveloped.

Samish Island 4th of July Parade
Pictured above: Community members promoting the campaign during the annual 4th of July parade. The Samish Island community worked together to raise funds to purchase and preserve the Samish Flower Farm.

 

Ecology 

Samish Flower Farm has ecological qualities that are increasingly rare in Puget Sound.   The conservation area protects 10 acres of wetlands and freshwater emergent wetlands, a large sand and gravel beach adjacent to Padilla Bay tidelands, and over 23 acres of complex mature forest (130 years+ trees).

 Children exploring the eelgrass beds offshore from Samish Flower Farm
Pictured above: Eelgrass beds just off the shore of Samish Flower Farm.

The marine shoreline along Samish Flower Farm is part of Padilla Bay, which hosts the second largest eelgrass meadows in the western United States.  These meadows provide a number of important ecosystem functions, including foraging areas and shelter to young fish and invertebrates, food for migratory birds and spawning surfaces. Herring, crab, and juvenile Chinook salmon rely on these eelgrass beds. In turn, resident Orca Whales rely on the Chinook for a substantial part of their diet.

Brant Geese
Pictured above: Brant Geese

This area is considered a birding hotspot, with 220 species identified on Samish Island.   One of the largest concentrations of waterfowl and dabbling ducks in the Pacific NW use Padilla Bay during fall and spring migrations.  The maturing forest and intertidal areas of Samish Flower Farm are a haven for owls, raptors and numerous shorebirds.   Thousands of Brant can be seen just offshore of Samish Flower Farm, including the gray-bellied (High Artic) Brant, one of the rarest geese, yet common in these waters.

 

Great Blue Heron - Photo courtesy of Ron Holmes
Pictured above: A Great Blue Heron. Photo courtesy of Ron Holmes

Samish Flower Farm is also adjacent to the Trust’s Samish Island Great Blue Heron colony, which was established in the 1930s.   While the rookery became abandoned in 2017, herons can return to former nesting sites even after many years, and herons still use this area for foraging and roosting.   By protecting this property, we ensure that additional nesting trees are available to the herons as well as ensuring a protected buffer area to prevent disturbances.

 

Access


There is currently foot access to the shoreline via the trail from Samish Island Road.  Note: there is no parking at the trailhead, but you can lock your bike to the gate or walk. The upland portion (north side of Samish Island Rd.) of Samish Flower Farm is not yet open to public access.  Skagit Land Trust will be leading tours and work parties of this area over the coming months as parking and a trail are developed.

Please keep in mind the following when visiting Samish Flower Farm:

  • Foot access to the beach is available on a sloped half-mile path.
  • Similar to other natural areas, please keep your pet on a leash.
  • Please do not build fires.
  • UAVs or drones are prohibited.
  • No firearms, hunting, or collecting of resources
  • The boundaries of Skagit Land Trust's conservation area are marked. Please respect the private property on either end of the land trust property – there is no public access to private neighboring land.

Click here for a link to Google maps for the Samish Flower Farm Conservation Area. 

 

How to Get There

Beach access for Samish Flower Farm is located on the waterside of Samish Island Road, .2 miles west of the Island welcome sign.

Property Info

  • Type: Trust-Owned
  • Location: Samish Island
  • Acreage: 34.25 acres
  • Date Added: 02/18/2019
  • Please visit this property!

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