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22 Oct Fall Newsletter out now!

Print copies are on their way to your mailbox, and digital copies are now on our website. With this installment of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust’s bi-annual newsletter, you’ll be up to date on all of the incredible work we’re doing to support people, wildlife, and natural places on the Island. Check out it to hear about: – The conservation success of Rockaway Bluff Preserve – An update from the Forest Stewardship Advisory Group – A thoughtful goodbye from our retiring Executive Director Jane Stone – State and federal funds recently awarded to support Stand for the Land – The new volunteer group Friends of Agate Passage Preserve And so much more! Click Here to View the Fall 2021 Newsletter

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13 Apr Ted Olson Nature Preserve Expanded!

The Ted Olson Nature Preserve has been expanded by adding two more acres to this beloved neighborhood-protected area. In partnership with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and a neighborhood-led group, Friends of Ted Olson, a successful fundraising drive was launched to expand the beloved park and save critical habitat. When the Island neighborhood group first heard that the two-acre parcel adjacent to the Preserve was at risk of development, they knew they had to act quickly. The group approached the Land Trust to assist with the effort to acquire and secure the parcel. With nearly two acres of mixed alder and conifer forest and a native plant understory featuring salmonberry, salal, fern, skunk cabbage, and more, these additional acres protect portions of a larger wetland complex and build upon an existing wildlife network in the vicinity. After an energetic few months of fundraising and community appeals by the neighborhood group, including a grant from the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation and a significant financial commitment by the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District (BIMPRD) – the Land Trust had the funds needed to purchase the property. Thanks to the committed action of the neighborhood group and other community partners, these two additional acres will be added to the Ted Olson Nature Preserve. This addition will be permanently protected through a Bainbridge Island Land Trust Conservation Easement. The Island community will now be able to enjoy the expanded natural wonders within the Ted Olson Nature Preserve. The Land Trust thanks the Friends of Ted Olson, the neighborhood group, the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District (BIMPRD), the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, and the generous community of supporters who stood up to help save and conserve this land.   Ted Olson Nature Preserve © Shaun Swalley

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25 Mar Renew Your Commitment to the Land Trust’s Conservation Work!

  Bainbridge Islanders seeking to stay healthy and find solace during the pandemic have flocked to the Island’s natural areas. Thanks to decades of support from Land Trust members, there are a lot of options available. Your membership will provide support for day-to-day Land Trust operations and allow us to continue tackling conservation projects large and small – while stewarding and restoring properties already protected. Plus, Land Trust members receive twice-yearly newsletters (look for yours in early April) and early access to the Native Plant Sale slated for October! Join as a first-time member, or renew your membership here.  

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09 Nov Call for Volunteers – The Seattle Urban Carnivore Project on Bainbridge Island

About the Project Urban spaces and the suburbs that sprawl around them are growing worldwide, pushing some carnivore species into more remote regions, while forcing others to adapt to higher human densities. Increasing contact between humans and carnivores potentially leads to more human-carnivore interactions and increased concerns about risks to humans, whether real or perceived. The continued survival of urban carnivore populations, as well as a sense of security for the public, requires an increased understanding of, and coexistence with, these species. Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle University have launched a new project to explore how mammalian carnivores, such as coyotes, foxes, raccoons, bobcats, and even cougars and bears live and interact with people across urban and suburban areas in the Seattle region, and beyond. Call for Volunteers Thanks to a grant awarded by the Bainbridge Community Foundation, the Bainbridge Island Land Trust now has the funding needed to provide our community with the opportunity to assist with this exciting initiative. This new program will use camera traps to build off of efforts by the Land Trust – since 2015 – to better understand the use of the Island by wildlife. And we need your help! We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help carry out this project, allowing us to participate in the Seattle Urban Carnivore Project as well as to continue the Land Trust's efforts to increase our knowledge of all local wildlife species - from squirrels to bears. If you’re interested, please read the assignment descriptions, decide on a role in which you would like to participate, and fill out the form below. Please note that we are currently recruiting field volunteers who are comfortable checking our camera traps in teams of three while following current social-distancing protocols. We hope to soon announce volunteer opportunities for this project that...
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06 Nov Support the Current Effort to Expand Ted Olson Nature Preserve!

The Current Opportunity This exciting opportunity helps expand the current Ted Olson Nature Preserve – a beloved public space featuring towering conifers as well as mature wetland features. With nearly two acres of mixed alder and conifer forest and a native plant understory featuring salmonberry, salal, fern, skunk cabbage, and more, these additional acres protect portions of a larger wetland complex and build upon an existing wildlife network in the vicinity. Additionally, these acres will serve as a buffer to the Ted Olson conservation easement and trail network. Why now? If not protected now, the current owner is planning to sell the property, likely for development. The property owner has agreed to delay listing the property for a limited time to let the Friends of Ted Olson Nature Preserve and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust find a path – in the near term – to acquire these lands, protect them, and add them to the Ted Olson Nature Preserve. How can I help out? To support the current effort to expand the Ted Olson Nature Preserve click here!

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03 Sep Thanks to Your Support, We’ve Met Our Challenge!

Because of conservation-minded Islanders like yourself, we’ve met our Challenge to secure $2 million in new funding for habitat protection. Thanks to your efforts, the Stand for the Land campaign has permanently safeguarded four spectacular properties, totaling 66 acres. But we’re not done yet. Now, with your continued support, we’ll purchase the fifth and final Stand for the Land property – a true Island treasure. The newly proposed preserve is home to an array of bird and animal species and provides a desperately needed ecological link between other critical habitat areas. Stay tuned for an announcement on the property over the coming week, and keep your eyes out for a sneak-peek view of this spectacular habitat.

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25 Aug Looking for ‘Easy-Does-It’ Hikes from Walks on Bainbridge?

Are you looking for an ‘easy’ walk on the Island but still want to take in the amazing sights and sounds of our natural areas? Download this short guide to accompany your new copy of Walks on Bainbridge by clicking here. The ‘Easy-Does-It’ guide is a perfect companion for Walks on Bainbridge, containing recommendations that are perfect for those who wish to avoid steep hills and strenuous trails. You can pick up a copy of Walks on Bainbridge, by Dave and Alice Shorett, at Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bay Hay and Feed, Wildernest, and Dana’s Showhouse. All proceeds support the Land Trust.

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02 Jul A Sneak Peek of the Third Edition of Walks on Bainbridge!

Get out onto the Island’s beautiful trails with a sneak peek of the all-new edition of Walks on Bainbridge! The Third Edition of Walks on Bainbridge is an all-color guide featuring 30 walks on Bainbridge Island. Each walk features detailed maps and instructions, so don’t miss your chance to preview the favorite guidebook of Islanders alike!  The new edition is now available at Eagle Harbor Book Company, Wildernest, Bay Hay & Feed, Dana’s Showhouse, and the Land Trust office for $14.95!   To download your sneak peek, click here. 

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10 Jun Nature and Communities of all Backgrounds, Flourish, Together

The Bainbridge Island Land Trust works to preserve and steward the diverse natural environment of our Island, for the benefit of all. Acts of racism, discrimination, and brutality work against our mission. We fundamentally believe that nature and communities of all colors and backgrounds, flourish, together.*   *This statement was originally published on the Land Trust’s social media channels on June 2nd and can be found here.

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20 Apr Bringing Nature to You

The Land Trust is excited to provide new ways to bring the wonders of our Island’s natural world to you, virtually. We welcome you to explore our Bringing Nature to You page, a webpage designed to provide you with interactive materials, resources, and activities that bring the natural wonders of our Island to your homes.  

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