The new trailhead, on Smugglers Cove Road, a mile south of South Whidbey State Park, is the product of a partnership between the Land Trust and Island County.
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.
Donald Borgman, a lifelong Whidbey resident, and his cousin, Sharon Greenwood, approached the Land Trust with an extremely generous and wonderful offer. Donald will donate 88 acres of his 126-acre farm near Strawberry Point for a wildlife preserve, and a conservation easement on the remaining 38 acres to ensure it stays a working farm.
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.
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.
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.
Judy Lynn believes all beaches should be public land. By donating her tidelands to the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, she’s doing her part to ensure future generations will have access to the islands’ coastal lands.