Skagit Land Trust

Skagit Land Trust's History and Mission
Skagit Land Trust was founded in March 1992 by three visionary leaders and 31 Charter Members to help protect the natural lands, open space and wildlife habitat of Skagit County for the benefit of this and future generations. The Trust has grown steadily to become a respected grassroots organization with strong local support and is recognized as an innovative leader in conservation. The four staff, 15 board members and 40 active volunteers are joined by over 550 members to protect the most important and beloved land and landscapes in the county. The amount of land and habitat protected by the Trust has quadrupled in the past five years to more than 4,500 acres including more than 18 miles of shoreline. The Trust is currently working on a dozen new projects under the guidance of a Conservation Strategy that helps protect the best, most at-risk lands first.

Skagit Land Trust's Unique Position
While other partner organizations are working very effectively at the local level on protection of particular types of land in Skagit County (e.g. Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, Ducks Unlimited) Skagit Land Trust focuses on permanently protecting all types of natural and resource lands with exceptional conservation value throughout Skagit County. For example, no other organization in the county routinely accepts Conservation Easements on diverse private lands, countywide. Yet today in the world of conservation we do not have the luxury of a singular or divided vision. Ecosystems are a web and thus no organization is effective “going it alone”. We are fortunate to work in a region of strong and capable partners and committed citizens. In addition to our work with private landowners, Skagit Land Trust works in collaboration with over twenty local and regional organizations preferring to leverage limited resources to achieve common goals.

How We Protect Land
Skagit Land Trust acquires land for protection through purchase or gifts of land and by assisting landowners and other conservation groups and agencies to protect land. The Conservation Easement is a popular choice as it allows the land to remain in private ownership while restricting certain future uses to protect the land’s wildlife and conservation values. Other choices include land donation or land sales.

Some of the Trust's most successful projects have protected habitat areas across private ownership boundaries, helping residents, ranchers, farmers, and businesses to join a wider protection network. Our expertise and reputation for partnership building, creative solutions and efficient, nimble land protection uniquely positions Skagit Land Trust at a critical time in Skagit County’s history.
 

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Contact Skagit Land Trust

Martha Bray
Conservation Director
325 Pine Street
PO Box 1017, Suite B
Mount Vernon, Washington  98273-1017
Phone: (360) 428-7878
Fax: (360) 336-1079


 

Service Area

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