Together, We Can Create an Exciting Community Preserve!
This map shows the location of the proposed preserve on Marrowstone Island.
A large undeveloped parcel on Marrowstone Island and adjacent waterfront property have recently come on the market. Jefferson Land Trust is working to raise the funds necessary to purchase the properties in order to create a community nature preserve.
Located next to Twin Vista Ranch and Sound View Cemetery, if funded, the preserve will feature a pedestrian walking trail through a lush forest, outdoor education space, and excellent wildlife habitat.
We raised more than 80 percent of the funds necessary for this project through grant and partner funding. However, we need your help, by our October 15 deadline, to reach the goal of making this preserve a reality.
View of property showcases the rare Marrowstone Island mature forest in the foreground. The open space in the background is Washington State University’s 26-acre Twin Vista Ranch, which neighbors the property to the south and is protected by a Jefferson Land Trust conservation easement donated by Lisa Thayer Painter.
The red outline above provides a rough perimeter of the proposed community preserve.
We’re more than 90% to our goal! Please donate today to help save this special place. If you would like to donate by check, you can make it out to Jefferson Land Trust; note “Marrowstone project” on the check, and mail it to us at 1033 Lawrence Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
Buyer: Jefferson Land Trust
Seller: Marilyn Fite Trust
Size & Location: 51 acres on central Marrowstone Island
Threat: Subdivision and development of 5 new homesites on Marrowstone Island
Fundraising Deadline: October 15, 2018
Community Benefits: Mature marine forest, wetlands that store and feed local aquifer, wildlife and marine habitat, future community walking trail, and outdoor education space
Download a Project Fact Sheet
*Estimated Project Cost: Direct expenses including land purchase, due diligence, real estate fees, community outreach and fundraising, land stewardship, and trail construction. All funds raised will be used to support the purchase, improvement, and long-term care of this preserve.
This property has been part of the Fite family holdings on Marrowstone Island for several generations, going back to Marilyn’s great grandfather, Peter Nordby, who founded the first settlement on the island in 1892. Marilyn Fite, who passed away in 2010, was a dedicated conservationist.
During her lifetime, she modeled environmentalism at home, while also working to protect irreplaceable wildlife habitat internationally. Establishing a preserve on this property to benefit wildlife and the community honors a longtime island family and the values Marilyn personally lived by.
If you would like to contribute by check, you can make it out to Jefferson Land Trust; note “Marrowstone project” on the check, and mail it to us at 1033 Lawrence Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368.