Forterra proposes to acquire a conservation easement (CE) on a property along the southern shore of Little Skookum Inlet in Mason County. The property consists of 816 acres of working forests, wetlands, and Riparian Protection habitat, and nearly 2 miles of Puget Sound shoreline. Freshwater habitats on the property are home to fall Chum Salmon; the marine shoreline provides habitat for juvenile Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, steelhead, and Cutthroat Trout. The property’s shoreline and bedlands of the inlet are also highly productive shellfish growing areas. The property has been actively-managed as a working forest for over 150 years by Port Blakely Tree Farms, generating multiple rotations of timber and supplying local mills. The goal of this project is to permanently protect the property from conversion to non-forest uses by placing a CE to extinguish the development rights and expand existing no-cut buffers (currently 50’-90’, which follows state Forest Practices) to 150′ on salmon-bearing streams and 100′ on the marine shoreline (to match Mason County critical areas ordinance), permanently protecting the property’s working forest, environmental, and ecosystem benefits. Preventing development on the property eliminates the possibility of conversion to a non-forest uses, as well as anthropogenic damages to water quality (e.g., fecal coliform contamination, water temperature), salmon habitat, shoreline processes, and cultural resources associated with residential development.