Protect Your Land
Protecting your land is a powerful way to make a lasting difference for your family, your community and in the future of conservation.
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust works with landowners who want to conserve their properties; including wildlife habitat, wetlands and streams, forests, coastal areas, and farmlands.
We use two main methods:
Working With the Landowner
When a landowner contacts us, we discuss the benefits of conservation as well as the landowner’s goals, concerns and questions, how the property characteristics fit with Land Trust’s objectives, and whether protection will involve fee-simple acquisition or a conservation easement. The Land Trust respects the privacy of those who work with us, so we always keep these conversations confidential.
If the Land Trust and a landowner agree to pursue a project, the Land Trust will conduct a thorough evaluation of the landowner’s property. This will involve a formal site evaluation visit to the property by the Land Trust’s project evaluation committee. The committee will consider the conservation values of the land, how it fits with the Land Trust’s mission and priorities, the method of acquisition (e.g., donation or purchase), the initial estimated cost, and the long-term management costs.
The committee will then make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. If the board approves, the Land Trust staff will begin working closely with the landowner to develop the project. If it is not a donation, we will simultaneously pursue funding, through grants and/or private donations. Depending on the complexity of the deal, a transaction may take anywhere from nine months to three years or more to complete.
Self Evaluation Questionnaire
If you’re interested in protecting your land, please complete the landowner evaluation form below, and return it to our Land Protection Specialist, Danielle Rideout.