Tom von Schrader
This 10-acre property includes rolling, open meadows and forest
When Tom von Schrader found his rolling, open meadow and forested 10-acre property above the south shore of Eagle Harbor in 1992, the out-of-state seller had already negotiated a potential easement with the recently formed Bainbridge Island Land Trust. It was up to Tom to decide whether or not he wanted to complete the easement with the Land Trust, or to purchase the land without that restriction.
For Tom, this was an easy decision. As a principal in SvR Design, a Seattle-based firm providing services in the areas of restoration ecology and low impact development, Tom was happy to accept this opportunity to bring part of his professional creed into his personal life.
Tom reports that his experience with the Land Trust in the past 15 years has been great. He welcomes the annual stewardship walks, and the opportunity to interact with other Land Trust members. He feels that as a result of this interaction he learns more about his property every year. Tom hopes to be able to become more actively involved with the Land Trust when his hectic work schedule permits.
Cestjon McFarland and Tom Goodlin
This 4.5 acre parcel contains wetlands, second growth forest, and streams
Cestjon McFarland and her husband, Tom Goodlin enjoy nature and the outdoors. They moved to Bainbridge Island to raise their family in a place where they could be closer to the natural environment and wildlife. They settled on a slice of the incredible natural environment on the south end of Bainbridge Island. A large wetland encompasses 5,000 square feet of the property and is fed by a seasonal stream. Willows, cattails and slough sedge surround the wetland, providing abundant habitat for birds and other wild creatures. A variety of evergreen and deciduous trees, including big leaf maple, red alder, western red cedar and Douglas fir surround the property. Native shrubs create a magical under story for the children of the household to explore. Cestjon says, “The conservation easement is a small gesture to preserve for our children and others some of the natural assets that we value so highly.”
Bob and Nancy Fortner
Contiguous to the Grand Forest, this 10-acre property features a seasonal stream, pond and second-growth trees
Bob and Nancy Fortner looked at many properties before deciding on the bucolic 10-acre site they now call home. After living in a small trailer on the site for 3 1/2 years while designing and building their lodge-style residence, the Fortners learned to appreciate the serenity, privacy and connection to the seasons that the land provided them. The parcel includes a healthy second growth forest with large Douglas fir, western hemlock, big leaf maple and bitter cherry trees. A pond is fed from a seasonal stream that runs through the property and is often the site of a variety of waterfowl. The stream is part of the waters that eventually run into Murden Cove. The Fortners used the wood logged on the property to construct the majority of the house (only the bead board and the trusses were “imported”). Their decision to grant an easement was one the family considered for a while before deciding to pursue it. “We were concerned about our privacy and serentity,” Bob says. “We talked to a lot of people and the Land Trust. It continues to be important, but we have developed a level of "trust" with the Land Trust in terms of respect for this value. The last "benefit" is one that came unexpectedly to the Fortners. According to Bob, “We realized that by placing this easement we are creating a legacy. The fact that no changes, other than natural, will occur on this little piece of the planet is actually daunting in scope. This unexpected benefit has become really the most significant one.”
Frank and Mary Stowell
The property is a rich ecosystem of forest, wetland and stream