Whidbey Camano Land Trust2017 Conservation Futures Funds Awarded Whidbey Camano Land Trust2017 Conservation Futures Funds Awarded

2017 Conservation Futures Funds Awarded

Funds awarded to protect spectacular forest, farm, and shoreline properties

Great news! The Whidbey Camano Land Trust was successful in securing three key Island County Conservation Futures grants. Combined, these projects will help protect important farmland, forest, and beach on Whidbey and Camano islands. Not only will they benefit fish and wildlife, they also will enrich the quality of life for local residents and help the local economy.

The approved grant requests included $500,000 to help expand the Barnum Point County Park from 27 acres to 129 acres with a mile of walkable beach. That award will provide the local match needed for Island County to acquire waterfront properties with amazing views and conservation values.  A $1 million federal grant has been secured and other federal and state grants are pending. A large section of the park is expected to be open for public use later this year.

The county commissioners also approved $95,000 for us to acquire a conservation easement on Penn Cove Farms. This will ensure that the land on the 129-acre North Whidbey farm remains available for agriculture. The grant represents less than 10 percent of the project’s total cost. Federal farmland funds have been secured and state farmland funds are pending, which together will fund the majority of the project.

The Land Trust also was awarded $200,000 from the Conservation Futures Fund to acquire a conservation easement on 103 acres of mature forest interspersed by wetlands, creeks and meadows. The property, located in the headwaters of Maxwelton Valley, a critical South Whidbey watershed, is owned by the Whidbey Institute. The easement will protect the forest and wildlife habitat and permanently open up 3.5 miles of trails to the public that will be maintained by the Whidbey Institute.