The Carlson Conservation Easement protects over 21 acres and hosts a
biologically significant stream, Miemois Creek, and its associated riparian
habitat, forestland, and wetlands along with foraging and nesting habitats for
many diverse species of plant and wildlife.
The public Forest to Sky Trail, constructed and maintained by the
Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District, traverses through the southern
portion of the easement.
The Carlson property has been in family ownership since current
landowner William C. Carlson's great grandfather, Andrew Miemois Anderson,
filed for homestead ownership of the property on November 10, 1883. Miemois
Creek is named to honor the family name and legacy.
Since 1989, the Land Trust has focused on building a network of
conserved properties in the central part of Bainbridge Island. The Carlson
Conservation Easement is an important addition to this endeavor. Increasing the
number of connected acres in the Island's central core enhances its function as
habitat and open space for the benefit of many plant and animal species as well
as the public. The Carlson property
becomes the 47th Conservation Easement held by the Land Trust. In addition to celebrating the new Carlson easement, the Land Trust
will also recognize two award winners at the Annual Meeting.
Island resident and Land Trust supporter Christina Doherty will receive
the Phyllis Young Award, which is presented each year in recognition of actions
that exemplify the mission of the Land Trust--to preserve and steward the
diverse natural environment of Bainbridge Island for the benefit of all.
Doherty has volunteered for the Land Trust in many different capacities
as well as engaging community members and youth in all things nature in her
role as Community Programs Coordinator at IslandWood.She also co-coordinated Bainbridge Island's
first-ever BioBlitz in May 2015 in partnership with the Land Trust. The event
attracted over 100 volunteers who identified over 450 species while surveying
four conserved properties. Her many
endeavors have resulted in collecting and sharing important data about the
creatures that depend on island habitats and well as working to improve those
habitats. As Land Trust lead steward of the Battle Point spit conservation
easement she has not only helped with annual monitoring, but has also removed
invasive plants, and conducted bird and plant surveys. Additionally she has helped conduct an amphibian
monitoring project on the BILT-owned Wildlife Corridor, and volunteered her
time as an educational guest speaker during the Student Conservation Corps summer
session, a partnership between the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation
District, Sustainable Bainbridge, and the Land Trust.
"Christina has an infectious energy.
She transfers her passion for learning more about the natural world to the rest of us, and the transforms the very basic experience into a fun journey," says Land Trust Conservation Director Brenda Padgham. "Behind all the
enthusiasm and humor though is her undying commitment to care for our earth --through
her education and actions we too get the chance to learn about why this is so
Island resident and former Land Trust Executive Director Asha Rehnberg
will be recognized as Volunteer of
the Year. Rehnberg, who was the Land Trust's
Executive Director from 2008 to early 2013, donates her professional time and
talents participating on the organization's Projects, Finance, and Fundraising
Land Trust treasurer and board
member Barb Robert nominated Rehnberg for the award. "The depth
and breadth of her knowledge and talent is invaluable to us," says Robert.
"Overnight, she seemed to turn her full-time Executive Director job into a
full-time volunteer position playing a vital role on the Projects,
Fundraising, and Finance Committees." "A recent example of her commitment was
her assistance in establishing long-term financial requirements, from
acquisition to stewardship, for the new 'Grand Forest Grander' capital
campaign," says Robert, "I am grateful for her endless contributions that have
helped to make our jobs easier."
All are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting, no reservations are
required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share and their own
plates and cutlery to help make this a waste free event.
The Land Trust's mission is to preserve and
steward the diverse natural environment of Bainbridge Island for the benefit of
all. For more information about the Land Trust, including more information on
the Annual Meeting and upcoming events, visit www.bi-landtrust.org.
Photo Credits: Paul Brians (trees), Becca Nissley (Christina), BILT Staff (Asha)