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Conservation Plan

Help Shape Our Conservation Plan

It’s time to update our Conservation Plan and we want your input! This plan provides the strategic priorities for our land protection and stewardship work to ensure we’re protecting and caring for the islands’ most important lands and waters for today and future generations.

There are many properties on Whidbey and Camano islands worthy of permanent protection—far more than the Land Trust has the capacity to handle at any one time. It’s important to find out what you value to help us prioritize our work on your behalf.

Please attend one of our neighborhood meetings and share your input:

  • Freeland Neighborhood Meeting
    Wednesday, October 11
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    18341 SR 525, Freeland, WA 98249
  • Coupeville Neighborhood Meeting
    Thursday, October 19
    6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Coupeville Rec Hall
    901 NW Alexander Street, Coupeville WA 98239
  • Camano Island Neighborhood Meeting
    Wednesday, October 25
    6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Camano Island Multipurpose Center (the Blue Building)
    141 SE Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA 98282

How you can help: After a short presentation, you’ll participate in three activities where you’ll share:

  • What types of protected lands and waters you value most,
  • What places are important to you and how you use them, and
  • Where you’d most like to see conservation happening.

We’ll use your input and that of resource experts to update our Conservation Plan.

Conservation Plan Background:

Our current plan is the 2010 Land Protection Plan. It updated our first land protection plan adopted in 2004. This plan guides our work, helping us identify projects within our Protection Priority Areas to ensure we’re saving the most important and irreplaceable lands and waters in Island County.

In 2003 and 2004, the Land Trust compiled natural resource and scientific data from credible agencies and organizations, sought critical input from natural resource experts, and garnered public input to identify the types of lands that should be given the highest protection priority.

Collectively, this information was used to create a multi-layered geographic information systems (GIS) map that identified the island properties and landscapes that were the most important to protect. The resulting GIS map formed the basis of the Land Trust’s first Land Protection Plan, which was adopted by the Board of Directors in 2004.

The conservation priorities in the 2010 Plan are to:

  • Give the highest protection priority to wildlife habitat, working farmland, wetlands and streams, and coastal lands.
  • Protect the most significant and threatened lands that enhance the health and connectivity of the islands’ natural systems and retain their agricultural and rural character.
  • Focus our work within our Protection Priority Areas and adjacent to protected lands (e.g., state and county lands).
  • Give preference to larger land parcels and landscapes and lands that provide corridors to existing protected lands.

For our 2010 Land Protection Plan, we again sought public input through community stakeholder focus groups, a series of neighborhood meetings, and an online survey.