July 21, 2015 – 2015 marks the 25th year North Olympic Land Trust has worked toward the conservation of open spaces, local food, local resources, healthy watershed and recreational opportunities. In its first 25 years, the Land Trust has permanently conserved 85 properties and over 3,000 acres of land vital to the ecological and economic health of our region. These lands permanently protect, more than 450 acres of working farmland, 11.5 miles of stream and river habitat, and more than 1,800 acres of forestland, including over 450 acres of working forests.
On Sunday July 26th, at 2pm at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, the Land Trust will host a community potluck to celebrate its first 25 years. This 2nd Annual Land Trust Family Picnic will feature good food, fellowship and of course, a birthday cake. In addition there will be an optional tour of nearby conserved farmland.
“The Land Trust is built on a shared community land ethic that realizes our land base is the bedrock of our culture, our economy, our homes and our daily lives. We all depend on this land, we make our livings and live our lives on this land, and we know that by conserving the farms, fish and forest of this land, it will pay direct dividends back to our own quality of life,” said executive director Tom Sanford. “This Land Trust Family Picnic is a wonderful way for community members passionate about our farms, fish and forests to come together and celebrate!”