In March 2020, Whidbey Camano Land Trust, announced the acquisition of St. John Wetland Preserve which showcases the best the islands have to offer: a combination of untouched old growth and wetlands complexes to store carbon, support wildlife, and recharge the aquifer.
This preserve is located west of the recently protected Noble Fir conservation easement property.These properties together will create an important wildlife habitat corridor between large protected areas at Crockett Lake, Lake Hancock, and Greenbank Farm.
Holly Jill St. John and her husband Paul Mackley fell in love with this magical place while stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. In 2005, they purchased the 31-acre property. They dreamed of retiring on a small corner while keeping the remaining acreage forever wild for nature. St. John and Mackley now live in San Diego, where Mackley retired after 30 years of military service.
“Despite the distance, they’re happy to know the land they once owned will continue to benefit wildlife and the environment.” To read the full story, visit the Whidbey Camano Land Trust newsroom.
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