Paul Bakken’s appreciation for nature and fondness for wildlife was legendary. He leaves behind an oasis for the wildlife he loved.
A new nature preserve on Central Whidbey Island is a haven for wildlife with 31 acres of forest and wetlands.
If trees could talk, one can only imagine what those on Don and Jan Allens’ land would say. For more than a half century, the Allens have gently tended their wooded Whidbey Island property, helping a lush forest remain standing.
Wanting to leave the world and Whidbey Island a better place, a lifelong resident of Greenbank recently donated a conservation easement to protect wildlife on the 54-acre property where he was born and still resides. The donated easement will ensure that this lovely wildlife refuge will remain, much as it is today, forever.
When Frances Sweeney was a young girl, one of her childhood sanctuaries was her grandparents’ California land and home. She remembers the chili peppers in their garden, the eucalyptus trees and the orange groves nearby.