December 16, 2014 – Yesterday, North Olympic Land Trust accepted the donation of 8 acres of forested wetlands, part of a larger wetland system near McDonald Creek, between Port Angeles and Sequim. Wetlands in general – and forested wetlands in particular – have become increasingly rare in our region and across the country due to human impact. Forested wetlands are incredibly bio-diverse and are critical habitat for many species of amphibians, birds and other wildlife. When the Land Trust was approached with this opportunity earlier this year, we quickly began our due diligence to determine if we could say yes to this wonderful conservation project. We are extremely grateful to this generous land donor.
In order to cover the long-term stewardship costs of accepting this donated property, the Land Trust will use money previously raised by community members for our Opportunity Fund. This fund exists specifically for these sorts of emergent land conservation projects.
The Land Trust now turns its focus to replenishing this fund to further strengthen our readiness to act. If you would like to donate, you can make a gift online or contact us directly, please be sure to include a note that your gift is for the Opportunity Fund.