Land Trust Adds 22 Acres to Protected Habitat on Duckabush River —

Land Trust Adds 22 Acres to Protected Habitat on Duckabush River

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Jefferson Land Trust has purchased a conservation easement preserving 22 acres on the Duckabush River, bringing the trust’s total protected wildlife habitat on this critical salmon stream to more than 200 contiguous acres.

The conservation easement ensures that the property, composed primarily of forested floodplain in the valley south of Brinnon, will not be developed and will be managed to maintain and improve the quality of the habitat it provides for salmon and other wildlife, according to a press release.

Funding for the purchase was provided by Jefferson County Conservation Futures and by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board via a grant awarded to project partner Jefferson County.

“The owners of this beautiful property, Margo and Paul Gregory, have been caring for it for over 40 years,” said Sarah Spaeth, the land trust’s director of conservation and strategic partnerships, in a press release. “They chose to establish this conservation easement to ensure their stewardship ethic is carried on by future landowners; so that the forest continues to grow and provide the best habitat values it can over time, the river continues to flow freely, and wildlife has a place to thrive.

Protection and restoration of the Duckabush River is a priority for Hood Canal Coordinating Council, Jefferson County and Wild Fish Conservancy, and it is identified by the Nature Conservancy as both a terrestrial and an aquatic ecoregional portfolio site

The river is a regional conservation priority, as it supports a great diversity of native wildlife. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has identified the area as critical palustrine habitat, where spawning summer chum, chinook, cutthroat, coho, pink salmon and steelhead; breeding harlequin ducks; and the presence of spotted owls have been observed. Tracks and other signs of wildlife that have been noted on the property include those of black bear, Roosevelt elk, beaver, bobcat and river otter.

The newly preserved land is contiguous with the 180 acres of land already owned by the land trust, as well as 2,537 adjacent acres protected by project partners as working timberland through funding unlocked by the land trust’s purchase of a mile of Duckabush riverfront via a grant from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board last December.

“The land trust has an obligation to permanently uphold the protections of our conservation easements, which requires setting aside stewardship funding for all the lands we protect,” said Spaeth. “The Gregorys’ friends, family and community are generously providing this stewardship funding by designating stewardship donations to the land trust in memory of their son Nathan, who loved this place.

These gifts will guarantee our promise of 'protection forever,' and ensure that a little of Nathan’s spirit will live on along the banks of this wild river.”

Jefferson Land Trust has purchased a conservation easement preserving 22 acres on the Duckabush River, bringing the trust’s total protected wildlife habitat on this critical salmon stream to more than 200 contiguous acres.

The conservation easement ensures that the property, composed primarily of forested floodplain in the valley south of Brinnon, will not be developed and will be managed to maintain and improve the quality of the habitat it provides for salmon and other wildlife, according to a press release.

Funding for the purchase was provided by Jefferson County Conservation Futures and by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board via a grant awarded to project partner Jefferson County.

“The owners of this beautiful property, Margo and Paul Gregory, have been caring for it for over 40 years,” said Sarah Spaeth, the land trust’s director of conservation and strategic partnerships, in a press release. “They chose to establish this conservation easement to ensure their stewardship ethic is carried on by future landowners; so that the forest continues to grow and provide the best habitat values it can over time, the river continues to flow freely, and wildlife has a place to thrive.”

Protection and restoration of the Duckabush River is a priority for Hood Canal Coordinating Council, Jefferson County and Wild Fish Conservancy, and it is identified by the Nature Conservancy as both a terrestrial and an aquatic ecoregional portfolio site.

The river is a regional conservation priority, as it supports a great diversity of native wildlife. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has identified the area as critical palustrine habitat, where spawning summer chum, chinook, cutthroat, coho, pink salmon and steelhead; breeding harlequin ducks; and the presence of spotted owls have been observed. Tracks and other signs of wildlife that have been noted on the property include those of black bear, Roosevelt elk, beaver, bobcat and river otter.

The newly preserved land is contiguous with the 180 acres of land already owned by the land trust, as well as 2,537 adjacent acres protected by project partners as working timberland through funding unlocked by the land trust’s purchase of a mile of Duckabush riverfront via a grant from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board last December.

“The land trust has an obligation to permanently uphold the protections of our conservation easements, which requires setting aside stewardship funding for all the lands we protect,” said Spaeth. “The Gregorys’ friends, family and community are generously providing this stewardship funding by designating stewardship donations to the land trust in memory of their son Nathan, who loved this place.

These gifts will guarantee our promise of 'protection forever,' and ensure that a little of Nathan’s spirit will live on along the banks of this wild river.”

Jefferson Land Trust has purchased a conservation easement preserving 22 acres on the Duckabush River, bringing the trust’s total protected wildlife habitat on this critical salmon stream to more than 200 contiguous acres.

The conservation easement ensures that the property, composed primarily of forested floodplain in the valley south of Brinnon, will not be developed and will be managed to maintain and improve the quality of the habitat it provides for salmon and other wildlife, according to a press release.

Funding for the purchase was provided by Jefferson County Conservation Futures and by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board via a grant awarded to project partner Jefferson County.

“The owners of this beautiful property, Margo and Paul Gregory, have been caring for it for over 40 years,” said Sarah Spaeth, the land trust’s director of conservation and strategic partnerships, in a press release. “They chose to establish this conservation easement to ensure their stewardship ethic is carried on by future landowners; so that the forest continues to grow and provide the best habitat values it can over time, the river continues to flow freely, and wildlife has a place to thrive.”

Protection and restoration of the Duckabush River is a priority for Hood Canal Coordinating Council, Jefferson County and Wild Fish Conservancy, and it is identified by the Nature Conservancy as both a terrestrial and an aquatic ecoregional portfolio site.

The river is a regional conservation priority, as it supports a great diversity of native wildlife. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has identified the area as critical palustrine habitat, where spawning summer chum, chinook, cutthroat, coho, pink salmon and steelhead; breeding harlequin ducks; and the presence of spotted owls have been observed. Tracks and other signs of wildlife that have been noted on the property include those of black bear, Roosevelt elk, beaver, bobcat and river otter.

The newly preserved land is contiguous with the 180 acres of land already owned by the land trust, as well as 2,537 adjacent acres protected by project partners as working timberland through funding unlocked by the land trust’s purchase of a mile of Duckabush riverfront via a grant from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board last December.

“The land trust has an obligation to permanently uphold the protections of our conservation easements, which requires setting aside stewardship funding for all the lands we protect,” said Spaeth. “The Gregorys’ friends, family and community are generously providing this stewardship funding by designating stewardship donations to the land trust in memory of their son Nathan, who loved this place.

These gifts will guarantee our promise of 'protection forever,' and ensure that a little of Nathan’s spirit will live on along the banks of this wild river.”

Jefferson Land Trust has purchased a conservation easement preserving 22 acres on the Duckabush River, bringing the trust’s total protected wildlife habitat on this critical salmon stream to more than 200 contiguous acres.

The conservation easement ensures that the property, composed primarily of forested floodplain in the valley south of Brinnon, will not be developed and will be managed to maintain and improve the quality of the habitat it provides for salmon and other wildlife, according to a press release.

Funding for the purchase was provided by Jefferson County Conservation Futures and by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board via a grant awarded to project partner Jefferson County.

“The owners of this beautiful property, Margo and Paul Gregory, have been caring for it for over 40 years,” said Sarah Spaeth, the land trust’s director of conservation and strategic partnerships, in a press release. “They chose to establish this conservation easement to ensure their stewardship ethic is carried on by future landowners; so that the forest continues to grow and provide the best habitat values it can over time, the river continues to flow freely, and wildlife has a place to thrive.”

Protection and restoration of the Duckabush River is a priority for Hood Canal Coordinating Council, Jefferson County and Wild Fish Conservancy, and it is identified by the Nature Conservancy as both a terrestrial and an aquatic ecoregional portfolio site.

The river is a regional conservation priority, as it supports a great diversity of native wildlife. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has identified the area as critical palustrine habitat, where spawning summer chum, chinook, cutthroat, coho, pink salmon and steelhead; breeding harlequin ducks; and the presence of spotted owls have been observed. Tracks and other signs of wildlife that have been noted on the property include those of black bear, Roosevelt elk, beaver, bobcat and river otter.

The newly preserved land is contiguous with the 180 acres of land already owned by the land trust, as well as 2,537 adjacent acres protected by project partners as working timberland through funding unlocked by the land trust’s purchase of a mile of Duckabush riverfront via a grant from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board last December.

“The land trust has an obligation to permanently uphold the protections of our conservation easements, which requires setting aside stewardship funding for all the lands we protect,” said Spaeth. “The Gregorys’ friends, family and community are generously providing this stewardship funding by designating stewardship donations to the land trust in memory of their son Nathan, who loved this place.

These gifts will guarantee our promise of 'protection forever,' and ensure that a little of Nathan’s spirit will live on along the banks of this wild river.”

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