Skagit Land Trust purchase

Kari Odden stands on the 67-acre parcel of land the Skagit Land Trust purchased at the south end of Big Lake, where Lake Creek connects Lake McMurray and Big Lake.

About 108.5 acres of habitat, including wetlands, forested areas and a pocket of old growth came under the Skagit Land Trust’s protection during the past year.

In addition to purchasing 67 acres of wetlands near Nookachamps Creek, the trust entered conservation easement agreements for another 41.5 acres.

Conservation easements ensure privately-owned land remains undeveloped, keeping wildlife habitat intact.

The Skagit Land Trust brought 5.5 acres of great blue heron habitat at March Point under its protection through a conservation easement agreement with Quattro Corporation.

The trust now protects about 9 acres of March Point land that supports the largest group of nesting herons in the western United States, Skagit Land Trust Executive Director Molly Doran said.

In May, the trust expanded the Guemes Mountain Conservation Area by 36 acres with a conservation easement on the Guemes Island-Anderson Property.

The addition brings that conservation area to about 116 acres.

— Reporter Kimberly Cauvel: 360-416-2199,

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