Your Gifts Have an Enduring and Cumulative Impact on Land We Love
In 2020 your support is helping Whatcom Land Trust
- Add 1,000 additional acres of protected land along Skookum Creek in the Cascades to Chuckanuts Natural Area. When completed, this purchase from Weyerhaeuser will link with The Nature Conservancy’s Arlecho Creek Old Growth Preserve and Lummi Nation protected lands. This opportunity will protect nearly an entire watershed for salmon, water quality, recreation, and human and wildlife connectivity.
- Improve the health and safety of our drinking water with new land protections in the Lake Whatcom Watershed. The community will benefit with more than 12,600 acres protected so far.
- Partnerships on Stewart Mountain have resulted in an offer to purchase 500 acres of mature forest with steep-sloped streams, and more than 1.5 miles of South Fork Nooksack River riparian areas critical for rebuilding salmon runs and managing the watershed.
- Bring Drayton Harbor’s California Creek Estuary Park closer to completion with wetland improvements for salmon and shellfish habitat, a trailhead and human-powered boat launch, plus regional trail connections. This year we have expanded park boundaries and land protections with additional acreage purchased from adjacent landowners.
- Complete a year-long sustainability study that will results in a new business plan, options for permanent stewardship funding, stronger relationships with diversified donors and future, planned gifts.
In 2019 your support helped Whatcom Land Trust:
- Purchase, protect, steward and manage in perpetuity 1,200 acres and 2.3 miles of Skookum Creek, a major tributary of the upper South Fork Nooksack Rich, plus a second nearby 150-acre wetland property called Duck Pond.
- Triple our Volunteer Land Steward corps to more than 100 people and engage more than 600 community members in stewardship and work parties, improving and restoring the conservation value of Land Trust properties all over Whatcom County.
- Secure recreation and conservation easements on Galbraith Mountain through an agreement with the City of Bellingham, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, Whatcom Land Trust and Galbraith Tree Farm LLC.
- Inspire the next generation of land stewards through educational partnerships with Kendall Elementary School, Lummi Tribal School, Wild Whatcom, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, North Cascades Audubon Society and others. In 2019, 350 Kendall ES students planted 2,300 trees and shrubs on the Trust’s Harrison Preserve.
- Protect water resources in nearly all of Whatcom County’s 17 watersheds. As we face the challenges of increasing population, habitat degradation and an ever changing climate, protecting water and protecting land become increasingly intertwined and urgent.
- Permanently protect more Whatcom farmland in partnership with private property owners for healthy local food and farmers.
- Bring permanent protections and future public access to Governors Point through an understanding with new owner Randy Bishop.
- Build momentum and multiply impact through community partnerships and stewardship, and your continued support!
You helped us exceed our campaign goal – THANK YOU – and set the stage for new opportunities and deeper community engagement and partnerships. We couldn’t have done it without you!