Jan Pickard has fond memories of the farmland where she spent much of her childhood. That’s why she and her brother, Ken, wanted to keep the land on Coupeville’s edge the way they lovingly remember it.
The Land Trust is partnering with Island County and Washington State Parks to acquire two beautifully forested properties totaling 110 acres adjacent to Kettles Trails County Park and Fort Ebey State Park. This will protect more wildlife habitat and provide more recreational opportunities.
It may be a year before Robert and Sue Payton are able to walk the new trail they helped build in Central Whidbey this spring. But as far as Robert is concerned, it will be worth the wait.
Lidabeth Hicks has lived on her property for 67 years. She’s developed such a love for the wildlife on her land that she donated a conservation easement to the Land Trust that prohibits the forest from ever being cut down.
The first big step to enhance and restore the vital wildlife habitat is tackling invasive weeds that are literally choking out native vegetation.
The Land Trust recognized the allure and importance of trail systems in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and started planning ways to link them.
Chris Tull remembers “slow times during the summer on a clear, blue-sky day, sitting with Dad looking out across the front yard and fields, with snow-capped Mount Baker reigning significantly in the distance.” The view Chris remembers was that from the Tull Family Farm, a pastoral 65-acre gem on North Whidbey that is the Land Trust’s latest conservation easement save.