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.
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.
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
. 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.