| Published: May 17, 2012 – 8:27 pm
This Spring, the Land Trust applied to Island County’s Conservation Future Fund program to help fund three incredible land protection projects – bird and wetland habitat at Crockett Lake, forest and shoreline on Southwest Whidbey, and working farmland on the north end of Ebey’s Reserve.
Next Thursday, May 24th, the Land Trust will present these projects to a Citizen’s Advisory Board. The Board welcomes your thoughts – please come to the meeting or email DonMa@co.island.wa.us and voice your support. It makes a difference!
Citizen’s Advisory Board Meeting Details:
When: Thursday, May 24 6:00 pm
Island County Commissioners’ Meeting Room
Courthouse Annex Building, Room B102
1 NE 6th Street, Coupeville
Crockett Lake, designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon, attracts 238 species of birds and is a critical spring and fall feeding ground for migrating shorebirds along the Pacific Flyway. Birdwatchers flock to Crockett Lake to view the incredible number and diversity of birds feeding on its extensive wetlands and mudflats. Crockett Lake is considered one of the state’s most valuable wildlife areas. fact sheet
Indian Point is a wild and ecologically rich natural area with a rare maple forest community above an eroding feeder bluff along Admiralty Inlet. Old growth Douglas fir and maple trees, along with fresh water wetlands are scattered throughout the forest. Osprey, eagles, owls and hawks occupy the property along with a myriad of other native birds. fact sheet
3 Sisters Family Farm
3 Sisters Family Farms is a locally-owned centennial farm producing natural, grass-fed beef, pork, poultry, and eggs. The conservation easement will extinguish development rights on the property, which is the base of their operation, on the north side of Penn Cove within Ebey’s Reserve. The landowners will reinvest the proceeds of the easement sale into increasing the capacity of their farm to meet the high local and regional demand for their products. fact sheet