Located on Admiralty Bay near Coupeville, this 216-acre preserve encompasses one of Whidbey Island’s oldest farms, surrounded by 165 acres of forest, and 2/3 of a mile of natural shoreline. This exceptional property is important for Puget Sound salmon migration and climate resilience, while providing diverse habitat for a variety of terrestrial and marine wildlife.

The Land Trust purchased this property in April 2022 after learning it was on the market in December 2021. This ambitious emergency acquisition, the most expensive in the Land Trust’s history at $9.1 million, was accomplished using bridge loan funding that is being repaid with funding secured through five state and federal grants and the U.S. Navy.

Keystone Preserve will be a place for conservation, partnerships and learning, with many opportunities for people to connect with nature. The Land Trust is proud to be partnering with the Whidbey Island Organic Farm School who will manage the Preserve’s farmland using regenerative agricultural practices. Habitat enhancement and restoration, and the creation of beach access and forest trails will soon be underway.

Public access is planned for the property beginning in 2025. Stay tuned for more information!

A Look at Keystone Farm and Forest Preserve