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Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust 

Description

The Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust has embraced the mission of keeping Vashon the way it is. We conserve and restore land and natural resources and create opportunities for people to explore and enjoy nature.

Mission Statement
It is the mission of Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust to preserve the wild places and rural character of Vashon-Maury Island for the benefit of wildlife, and the public in perpetuity.
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Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust
PO Box 2031 
Vashon 
WA
98070-2031 
(206) 463-2644 

Mr. Tom Dean 
Executive Director 

Programs

Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust Programs

Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust creates nature preserves for the benefit of all and for all to enjoy. Wherever possible, we create new trail routes and connections to provide non-motorized access to our preserves. In 24 years we have created many of Vashon’s signature preserves:

Shinglemill Creek Preserve
This forested preserve runs from behind the Community Care Center northwest to the iconic Fern Cove, covering the lower third of Shinglemill Creek. The preserve is 175 acres and growing, with two miles of trail and beach access.

Fisher Pond
Bill Fisher lived modestly, and spent years quietly piecing together several parcels into his own private preserve, which he donated to the Land Trust in 1998. We leveraged Bill’s gift of 90 acres to expand this preserve to 150 acres, with four miles of trails.

Island Center Forest
This working forest contains Vashon’s most extensive series of multi-use trails – currently nine miles. Watch for major new additions to this 440-acre preserve in the coming year.

Paradise Valley Preserve
Vashon’s newest and fastest-growing preserve covers 103 acres along Judd Creek – Vashon’s largest creek and host to naturally-spawning coho salmon and the rare and native freshwater Pearlshell mussel. Trail construction starts this year, with the audacious goal of creating a complete Judd Creek trail from Quartermaster Harbor right into Vashon town within six years.

Dockton Forest
With the purchase of the former Glacier mine site on Maury Island, Dockton Forest grew to 408 acres, with nine miles of multi-use trails. We are currently working with King County to attempt to connect this park to the Maury Marine Park northeast of this site.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

You can get involved in the Land Trust by liking us on Facebook or by signing up for our email list at www.vashonlandtrust.org or info@vashonlandtrust.org. Opportunities include restoration work parties (tree planting), property tours, data gathering with the Vashon Nature Center (Salmon Watch, BioBlitz), and the occasional party. Members of the Cedar Circle (annual giving of $1,000 or more) receive extra benefits, including opportunities to guide the direction and growth of the organization through our Cedar Circle of Advisors.

 

Evaluation

Vashon contains half of the marine shorelines in King County, and nearly all of the un-armored shorelines in the County. As such, it presents one of the best opportunities to conserve intact and functioning shoreline habitat in King County and thereby contribute to the overall health of Puget Sound. The Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust works to purchase and preserve/restore these lands.

Proven Success
Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust (VMILT) has been working since 2000 to acquire a shoreline site on Maury Island owned by the Glacier Northwest Mining Company. This effort, the Maury Island Conservation Initiative involved a strategic partnership between VMILT, Cascade Land Conservancy and King County. VMILT has been actively involved in efforts to secure the necessary funding for the purchase. They are now very close to completing the purchase.
In 20 years of operation they have created 26 preserves made up of nearly 1,200 acres.

Use of Best Practices
They have refined their planning process to complete a ranked inventory of potential shoreline conservation projects for the entire Island, so that they might be most strategic in their efforts.
Also, while the recession made many parts of their operation more difficult, it did put them in a buyer’s market for the first time in their history. Many property owners have been anxious to sell, and VMILT is one of the few currently active buyers of raw land. They now have the challenge of raising adequate funds to purchase these valuable preservation lands simultaneously.

Collaboration
The Land Trust routinely partners with the Vashon Parks District and King County Parks. They fundraise jointly with both organizations for land acquisitions, and they own and manage preserves jointly with both. Other key partners include Cascade Land Conservancy, Preserve Our Islands, People for Puget Sound, Washington Environmental Council, Puget Sound Partnership, and the Departments of Natural Resources and Ecology.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
3/10/2009 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/22/2007 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.

Financials

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