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The Bainbridge Island Land Trust protects and preserves private property as well as acquires land for parks and trails.

Fundraising Continues for the Wildlife Corridor Expansion

Please participate in this extraordinary opportunity to preserve 15 additional acres in the Island's central core!

The Land Trust executed an agreement to acquire 15 acres north of the existing Wildlife Corridor in late 2013. (Click here to view a map of the project area.) The original 20-acre Wildlife Corridor was purchased by the Land Trust in 1995 and connects Meigs Park and the Grand Forest. The new 15-acre parcel - or the Wildlife Corridor Expansion - offers an additional opportunity to preserve ecologically rich wetlands and vital habitat that contains forested wetlands, a pond, and mixed forest.

In December 2013, the Land Trust signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement for this property.  The Wildlife Corridor Expansion makes the Corridor twice as wide, expanding the Grand Forest to Meigs Park connection, with the intention of providing extra area for an east-west trail that would ultimately reach from shore to shore. With the support of our partners and members, the Land Trust has worked to protect important habitat in the mid-section of our Island, now protecting over 555 contiguous open space, habitat, and recreational acres.

The Land Trust purchased the property from Kirk and Cindy Andreasen.  The Land Trust began discussions with the Andreasens in 2010, knowing that their parcel was undeveloped and hosted a beautiful pond and wetland, and that it was due north of already-protected, Land Trust-owned Wildlife Corridor property.  The Land Trust reached an agreement on the purchase terms late in 2013.  Under this agreement, BILT has five years to pay the full amount of the purchase price and meet its fundraising goal which includes baseline studies, closing costs, habitat analysis and ongoing stewardship obligations. 

Currently, there are no public trails on the Wildlife Corridor property or on the Expansion property.  Over the next months, BILT will continue its scientific field studies, work with neighbors on potential property use, and fundraise for the property acquisition and ongoing stewardship responsibilities. 

If you would like to contribute to this project, click here.

 

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