May 23, 2011 – 6:44 pm
For Release – May 16, 2011
Whidbey Camano Land Trust
Contact: Cheryl Lowe, Land Steward
Greenbank, Washington — The Whidbey Camano Land Trust invites you on a walking tour of the Naas Natural Area Preserve in Ebey’s Prairie overlooking Admiralty Inlet on Saturday May 28 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. The prairie will be blooming and the golden paintbrush will be in its glory. Mark Sheehan, Project Manager for the site, will explain how the Land Trust is restoring this prairie.
The walking tour is an opportunity to see the springtime beauty of prairie wildflowers and hear about the Land Trust’s work to restore this rare habitat on Whidbey Island. Once a significant part of Whidbey Island’s landscape, today less than 1% of the original native grassland remains. One of the rare species associated with prairies is the golden paintbrush, a smaller yellow cousin of the common scarlet paintbrush. The golden paintbrush is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act; only 12 populations occur naturally in the world. Five of those sites are in the grasslands of Whidbey Island prairies. For several years, the Land Trust has been actively working to restore the golden paintbrush on its 33-acre Naas Natural Area Preserve.
Go to the website www.wclt.org/projects/naas-natural-area-preserve to read more about the project and the Land Trust’s work to restore prairie and recover the golden paintbrush population.
Parking is limited, so please meet at the Coupeville Park and Ride parking lot (201 South Main) at 10 a.m. to coordinate carpools.
May 20, 2011 – 8:15 pm
Where: Naas Preserve
Date/Time: May 28, 10:00 am to noon
Spring is here and prairie flowers are in bloom! Join the Land Trust at its monthly walk, this month at the Naas Preserve. Come see and hear about our work to restore this rare prairie. Showcased will be the golden paintbrush, an endangered plant species that naturally grows here. It’s only one of twelve places in the world where you can see this beautiful prairie plant!
Golden Paintbrush Photo by Mark Sheehan
No RSVP required. Due to limited parking at the preserve, meet at the Coupeville Park and Ride (201 S. Main Street, next to Sally’s Garden) by 10:00 am and we will organize to carpool. If you have questions, email email@example.com or call the Land Trust office at 360-222-3310. To reach the walk leader after office hours call (360) 632-9140.
May 6, 2011 – 10:17 pm
Attendees view the history display boards at the Trillium Celebration
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is holding a public meeting and workshop on Thursday, May 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island to hear from the public on the future of the Trillium Community Forest. Input and feedback from the meeting will assist the Land Trust in developing a comprehensive management plan that will guide future use and actions in the Forest.
Sign-in begins at 5:45 pm, followed by a brief overview and update on the Forest, with the majority of the evening dedicated to hearing from the community. Come and have your voice be heard. Join the group that wants to make sure the Trillium Community Forest is a place where nature and people can co-exist.
In 2010, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust raised over $4 million in private donations to purchase the forest property, including $500,000 from the Land Trust and a $300,000 loan from the Bullitt Foundation. The funds were donated to protect nature and provide appropriate opportunities for non-motorized recreational uses.
A second public workshop will be held when the draft management plan is completed. The Unitarian Church is located at 20103 State Route 525, 2 miles north of Freeland.
Unable to attend?
If you aren’t able to make the meeting, you can still provide us your comments by emailing Jessica Larson. Email