Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust Programs
In its 23 years, the Land Trust has been active in establishing protection for over 1,600 acres of natural land and open space on the Island, including nearly 5 miles of shoreline, over 5 miles of riparian preservation, and one of the very few remaining intact sphagnum bogs in lower Puget Sound. Our efforts are focused on sensitive or critical areas that provide wildlife habitat, high aquifer recharge levels, or natural ecosystems such as creeks, ponds, forests, shoreline and watersheds.
The Land Trust is responsible for the management, restoration and monitoring of the Island's preserved land. We partner with the local park district and King County on stewardship projects such as stream restoration, invasive weed removal, reforestation and trail maintenance.
The Land Trust conducts classes and programs on an array of conservation topics covering forest management, native species and stewardship planning, water issues, salmon identification, and youth environmental education. We also offer an annual series of property tours to familiarize community members with the Island's publicly accessible parks and nature preserves.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Expansion of existing preserves has been a major focus of the Land Trust's recent efforts. The latest acquisitions have added acreage and new trails to Island Center Forest, have extended protection of critical salmon-spawning habitat along Judd Creek in the Paradise Valley Preserve, and include the monumental success of protecting the 250-acre former Glacier mine site on Maury Island and turning it into a King County park adjoining the Dockton Forest property.
The Land Trust's Shinglemill Creek trail remains extremely popular, providing a way for Islanders and visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The only backcountry-style experience on the island, this forested public trail passes by stands of old, second-growth trees and runs along salmon-bearing Shinglemill Creek to its dramatic delta as it flows into Puget Sound at Fern Cove. Trail planning and construction has been a recent focus of the Land Trust's efforts on the Island. We are currently working with King County on both a new trailhead from town into Island Center Forest and on a multi-use trans-Maury trail that would connect Dockton Park & Forest/Glacier site to the Maury Marine Park.
General funding is needed to support our ongoing work and programs. Member support is critical to our operations. Joining the Land Trust can be done on our website www.vashonlandtrust.org or contact us - firstname.lastname@example.org.