The Bainbridge Island Land Trust enjoys the support of nearly 600 members - our most valuable asset! A BILT membership underscores your belief in our mission and affords you the opportunity to experience and learn more about our Island's natural places! Events such as the Annual Membership Meeting & Potluck (held in late January each year) and Native Plant Sale (early spring) are just a few of the ways we encourage participation.
Please consider renewing your membership or joining today. If you renew your membership or join at the Huckleberry ($150) level or higher, we'd like to offer you a free copy of our new edition of Walks on Bainbridge or a free Bainbridge Island Land Trust baseball cap! Also consider volunteering your time and expertise. We'd love for you to be a part of BILT!
Sitka Spruce ($1,000)
Western Red Cedar ($500)
As the Land Trust celebrates 26 years of land
conservation on Bainbridge Island, we know that protecting land, air and water
resources would not have been possible without your past support. Your membership gift allows us to keep doing
the work that we do, for everyone,
Why should you renew? Please read this special letter from Land
Trust members Matt and Sara Otepka:
As a young family that spends much of our spare time
wandering the forest trails and exploring the beaches of the Island, many of
our adventures would never have been possible without the hard work of the
Bainbridge Island Land Trust, its members, and land partners. For
that, our family is forever grateful. It is our hope to somehow repay this
generosity and maybe -- through this simple letter -- convey a small piece
of our appreciation by reminding our neighbors of the magnificence of this
little rock in Puget Sound and the dedication of some wonderful people.
Not yet in grammar school, our children already have forests, bogs, shorelines,
tide pools, and mountain vistas imprinted upon them, as a part of them --
something very different from the childhood memories of their mid-western
parents. That is incredibly gratifying to us, to know that what took more than
30 years for us to experience is their birthright as Islanders. And, it's equally reassuring to know that
access to and protection of these special Island places shows no sign of
stopping thanks to the Land Trust.
Case in point is the recent Hilltop project, connecting East and West Grand
Forest and creating 540 acres of contiguously protected land. Really think about that for a minute -- we
have a 4 1/2 mile cross-Island trail corridor! It's now possible for wildlife
and people to traverse nearly the entire width of the Island on lands and
trails protected by the Land Trust. In
those few miles, the ecological diversity -- forests, creeks, wetlands,
meadows, etc. -- is more than many Americans experience in a lifetime. What's more is that upon arriving at the
5-acre upland meadow in the center of the Hilltop property, the pastoral
tranquility and views of the Olympics are unmatched. And the kicker? Those
lands are protected until the end of time.
So, to the Land Trust, again, thank you. No matter
where life may take us, Bainbridge
Island and its protected areas will forever be part of us. And while we're here, we'll do our best to
give what we can, be it time and money or effort and sweat to continuing what
the Bainbridge Island Land Trust started 25 years ago. Matt and Sara Otepka
Land Trust is grateful to have members like the Otepkas (and members like you) who have supported our work through the years. Please join Matt and Sara and renew your
membership today so that everyone can
continue to benefit from the Island's natural areas forever.