Cory Fakkema is practicing a new kind of agriculture that harnesses the natural habits of livestock to steadily improve the land at Beach View Farm near Oak Harbor.
Paul Bakken’s appreciation for nature and fondness for wildlife was legendary. He leaves behind an oasis for the wildlife he loved.
The Land Trust acquired a 22-acre property with high-quality agricultural soils to keep the land in farming and preserve the rural scenery enjoyed along an adjacent stretch of highway.
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.
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.
Hold on for another exciting conservation success ride in 2019. Here’s a sneak preview of what we’re working on for you:
In 2018, 10 properties, totaling 485 acres, were permanently protected throughout Whidbey and Camano islands. Here’s a summary of what you helped accomplish last year.
“We stopped on the edge of the mud and just looked at this barn with trees growing at the openings,” Marshall said. “We backed out and headed for the ferry and thought, ‘Should we put an offer in on this place?’”
If you’re seeking a place perfectly emblematic of the beauty of our islands, you’ll know you’ve found it when you see Fakkema Farm, owned by the Fakkema family since the 1950s.
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.