Land Protected Forever on the Shores of Lake Spokane

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Inland Northwest Land Conservancy and Avista recently finalized a conservation agreement for 526 acres on the north shore of Lake Spokane. This agreement ensures, in perpetuity, that the area will remain forested, protected from development, and a safe home for plants and animals. This Stevens County area, open to human-powered recreation with trails, beaches, and…
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Forest Protected on Hood Canal

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Directly adjacent to land protected by DNR and the Navy, Jefferson Land Trust acquired a 75-acre forested property near Thorndyke Bay that contains wetlands, freshwater streams, and pristine wildlife habitat.  Surrounded by forestland that is protected or actively being conserved, these acres are a piece of a much bigger conservation puzzle working to sustain wildlife in Hood Canal.

Ohop Creek restoration begins after acquisition

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Over a century ago, Ohop Creek was ditched to drain the valley for dairy farming. While this helped farming thrive, it had huge implications for the native fisheries. The Nisqually Land Trust just completed the purchase of 45 acres of floodplain and over one-half mile of Ohop Creek shoreline, as part of its long-term restoration efforts in…
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After twenty years, Seachris Family Farm is permanently protected

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In the early 2000s, on a tip from her daughter, Carolyn Seachris reached out to a group of volunteers who were in process of forming what would eventually become the Blue Mountain Land Trust. She wanted to see about opportunities to protect the family land just west of Walla Walla, WA.  After decades of collaboration, this August…
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Opportunities for farmers set to increase as 2021 comes to close

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Last month, the Washington Farmland Trust (WFT) announced that its growing Farm to Farmer Program will inherit Washington FarmLink, which has been run by Tilth Alliance for twenty years. This will create one go-to resource for farmers to buy, sell, or lease land in Washington.  Beyond sharing listings and connecting producers, Farm to Farmer helps participants clarify land search and tenure goals,…
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More than $ 12M for conservation projects in WA

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Over $12M was awarded to three projects in Washington State through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, two involved land trust partners. In Pacific County, Columbia Land Trust and Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will receive $4.5M to protect over 1,200 acres of marbled murrelet habitat. DNR, Forterra, and other regional partners will receive just over $4M to protect up to 372 acres of…
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Land trust transfers land to community college

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In Astoria, OR, Columbia Land Trust transferred 82 acres of land on the lower Columbia River to Clatsop Community College. The site, located on Astoria’s South Tongue Point will now feature a living laboratory for students studying critical habitat for salmon and other wildlife. Learn more from the press release. 

Preserving history and legacy at Kawamoto Farm

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Jefferson Land Trust, together with the Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative, is close to successfully protecting the historic Kawamoto Farm outside of Quilcene, WA and identifying a farmer to keep the land in production while honoring the incredible history and legacy of the Kawamoto family. Read more from the Jefferson Land Trust.

A Forever Farm with Connection to Local Tribe

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A historically significant twenty-nine acre farm was purchased by Community Farmland Trust from the James family, who have owned and managed the land since its original granting all the way back in 1852! Moving forward, CFLT will lease the farm to Common Ground CSA; these additional acres will allow Common Ground to improve soil quality and function by allowing rotations out…
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