History

The Bainbridge Island Land Trust was started in 1989 by Nate Thomas and Jim Cutler, both architects, Mike Ryherd, a state lobbyist, and Paul Kundtz, an attorney. This group and others were concerned about growth on Bainbridge Island and established the Land Trust to provide a way for landowners to permanently preserve their property.

The 23-acre property at the corner of Highway 305 and Day Road was originally slated to become a golf driving range. In 1990, the Land Trust acquired the property and sold it to a conservation-minded buyer who placed a conservation easement on the parcel, protecting the scenic rolling hills and meadows we enjoy today. Shortly thereafter, Phyllis Young placed a conservation easement on her Battle Point Spit property, making it the Land Trust’s second easement and protecting a marine estuary and important shoreline habitat.

Land Trust Accomplishments
To date, the Land Trust has helped to protect over 1,300 acres of vulnerable forestlands, wetlands, meadows, shorelines, agricultural lands, scenic vistas, and land near lakes, ponds and streams, the majority of which are open to the public. The Land Trust holds 47 conservation easements – 41 on private property and 6 on publicly-owned properties – encompassing 752 acres, with an additional 82 acres owned by the Land Trust outright. Through Land Trust acquisitions or with Land Trust assistance, 478 acres are preserved as public parks and natural areas.

Walks on Bainbridge

by Dave and Alice Shorett

Discover 21 different walking routes on scenic Bainbridge Island, varying from one mile to round trips of 10 miles and more. Maps, specific directions, distances and descriptions for each walk allow walkers of all ages to enjoy the trails and backroads of the Island.

$13.95
All proceeds from the book benefit the Land Trust. Contact us to purchase.

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