The Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve

“Mount Grant boasts the stunning views and natural beauty of a remote island hilltop, but it has something more—a range of trails and a road to the summit that make it accessible to everyone. This place will be a treasure for the whole community. A big, hearty ‘Thank you’ to all 862 donors who made the campaign a success!”

– THOR HANSON, CO-CHAIR
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The Opportunity

The San Juan Island community has succeeded in permanently protecting one of the island’s most valuable gems. The ridgeline and surrounding acreage of what had (until recently) been marketed as the “Lawson Ridge” residential development offer extraordinary natural features, including native island habitat, miles of trails, and unmatched, 360-degree panoramic views exceeding others available on San Juan Island.

Renewing a partnership forged during the successful “Campaign to Save Turtleback Mountain” on Orcas Island, the San Juan Preservation Trust worked with the San Juan County Land Bank and the local island community to permanently protect this spectacular property. In Fall 2014, the private, non-profit Preservation Trust and the Land Bank, a county agency, began a feasibility period that gave the opportunity to test the community’s support for this project. We were encouraged by several early commitments of financial support and the tremendous enthusiasm from the community, and so moved to acquire the property. As we prepared to undertake this effort, we re-discovered the original but long-forgotten name for this ridge —“Mount Grant.” On March 9, 2015, the Preservation Trust and the Land Bank made a $1 million down payment on the $3 million purchase price. The sellers financed a loan for the remaining $2 million. If the loan couldn’t be paid off, the sellers would likely relist the home sites for sale as private residential estates.

The Land Bank committed a total of $1.5 million to the project, or half the purchase price. The Preservation Trust undertook the Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve to raise the remaining $1.5 million of the purchase price, plus an additional $1.2 million—$1 million to establish a stewardship fund for ongoing care of the property and $200,000 to cover legal, closing, and other transactional costs.

In January 2017, the Preservation Trust announced that the campaign to raise $2.7 million had reached its goal. Now that the campaign is complete, the property will be owned and managed by the San Juan County Land Bank, and the Preservation Trust will hold a conservation easement on it. A management plan will be developed through a process that includes significant public input.

Where is Mount Grant?

Mount Grant

The ridgeline and surrounding hillsides of Mount Grant cover 141 acres, with diverse forest, including old-growth Douglas-fir. The property hosts several habitat types as well as species that are listed among Washington State’s priorities for protection, including the pileated woodpecker, band-tailed pigeon and bald eagle, as well as a multitude of other bird and bat species. Grassy bald areas nurture a rich variety of wildflowers, including Henderson’s shooting star, great camas and fawn lily. Mount Grant is adjacent to the Town of Friday Harbor’s Trout Lake watershed, which serves as the town’s primary source of fresh water. The Town had expressed an interest in permanently protecting the property, as runoff from Mount Grant enters directly into Trout Lake. Unfortunately, they did not have the funds to acquire this property themselves.

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Perhaps the most striking feature of this parcel is the top of Mount Grant, which may be accessed via an existing road that terminates at a wide clearing. From this area, one can gaze northeast to Mount Baker and the Twin Sisters, southeast down into San Juan Valley and Lopez Island, and north/northwest to Stuart Island and beyond to the Canadian Gulf Islands. The 360-degree view is spectacular.

The Mount Grant property was on the market for sale as a private housing development under the name of “Lawson Ridge.” It had been subdivided into twelve 10- to 20-acre lots with supporting roads, driveways, water system, and utilities delivered to cleared and graded building sites carved into the hillside. Together these twelve building lots had been listed for $4.135 million (combined), but we negotiated a purchase price of $3 million for the entire property. When we take San Juan Islanders up to Mount Grant, the first thing we most often hear is “Wow! I never knew this was here.” In addition to the views, the property’s abundant natural assets and its suitability for public access are immediately evident to visitors. Unfortunately, it isn’t all beautiful at the top. When the property was prepared as a housing development, a number of areas were noticeably disturbed. The good news is restoration strategies for healing these scars will be part of the management plan. In fact, the success of this project provides the only assurance that restoration of this beautiful property will ever take place. Although the Mount Grant property had become known in recent years as “Lawson Ridge,” as the residential development had been marketed for sale, recent research by local historians has confirmed that in the mid-19th century, it had been mapped as “Mount Grant.” For some reason, the name disappeared from an 1890 map, reappeared in a geologic report in the 1920s, and then was lost again. Most likely, the ridge was named after Ulysses S. Grant, general of the Union Army towards the end of the Civil War, and U.S. president from 1869-1877.

The Conservation Vision for Mount Grant

On Mount Grant, the San Juan Preservation Trust and the San Juan County Land Bank will create a unique nature preserve with broad—and permanent—public benefit. The Land Bank has taken ownership and will manage the preserve, while the Preservation Trust holds a conservation easement that ensures the preserve will remain protected and accessible to the public in perpetuity (identical to the partnership arrangement we have on the Turtleback Mountain Preserve on Orcas Island). Together we would then build an extensive public trail system, incorporate safety and interpretive elements to enhance visitor enjoyment, and maintain the road to the top of Mount Grant in order to provide public access to all, regardless of physical ability.

We have heard from our constituents that it is important to have at least one place on San Juan Island where visitors with mobility restrictions—be they physically disabled, elderly adults, or families with young children—can enjoy such sweeping vistas. Now that the campaign has succeeded, the Land Bank has begun process of soliciting public input before creating a management plan for the new preserve. This plan will balance protection of the land’s natural assets with recreational activities that might include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking, birding, photography or simply gazing at the view. Nowhere else on San Juan Island will so many types of visitors, including those individuals with physical limitations, have access to the number of recreational opportunities that this project could (potentially) provide. The restoration and long-term stewardship of this preserve will provide numerous opportunities for environmental education and community engagement. The fundraising goal for the Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve included a dedicated stewardship fund of $1.0 million to build trails and visitor amenities, enhance safety, and care for the new preserve into the future.

Conservation Vision for Mount Grant

Now that this $4.2 million fundraising campaign has reached its goal, the Land Bank would take ownership and manage the Mount Grant Preserve. The San Juan Preservation Trust will hold conservation easements on the property, providing legally binding assurances that its natural assets and public access opportunities remain protected in perpetuity.

Potential Buildout Under Current Zoning

Current zoning would have allowed up to 12 home sites on 141 acres. The property was being marketed as the “Lawson Ridge” development and had been subdivided into twelve 10-acre to 20-acre lots supported by driveways (including a road that terminates in a cul-de-sac at the top), a water system and all other utilities. These amenities were delivered to building sites that were cleared, carved into the hillside, and graded. The road, water system, and electricity will contribute to visitor amenities for the preserve, while the damaged areas will be restored to a more natural state.

Mount Grant

The Heart of San Juan Island

Habitat

The ridgeline and surrounding hillsides of Mount Grant host several habitat types, plant species that are listed among Washington State’s priorities for protection, sensitive stream and wetlands, and a multitude of bird and bat species. Diverse forest includes old-growth Douglas-fir. Grassy bald areas nurture a rich variety of wildflowers, including Henderson’s shooting star, great camas and fawn lily.

Clean Drinking Water

A large portion of the Mount Grant property falls within the Town of Friday Harbor’s Trout Lake watershed, the town’s primary source of fresh water, and rain runoff from Mount Grant drains directly into the lake.

Views

With easy vehicle access to the top via an existing road, the 360-degree views from Mount Grant are spectacular. From Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, Mount Rainier and the Olympics, southeast into San Juan Valley and Lopez Island, northwest to Stuart Island, the Canadian Gulf Islands, and the countless waterways in between, there is simply no other view like it on San Juan Island.

Public Access

Recreational use will be a top priority for the Mount Grant Preserve and will include secluded hiking trails, automobile access to the top, wheelchair-accessible outlooks for picnicking and enjoying the spectacular views, and interpretive signs that describe some of the preserve’s natural features. The San Juan County Land Bank is developing a management plan for the preserve that incorporates public input and balances recreational use with preservation of valuable natural assets.

Restoration

This property was prepared as a residential development, and there are a number of areas that are noticeably disturbed. The good news is that there are restoration strategies for healing these scars. The restoration and long-term stewardship of this preserve will provide numerous avenues for community engagement and education.

Project Benefits

The Campaign to Save
Mount Grant

“Wow, we’ve lived on San Juan for 30 years and never knew this was up here. Spectacular!”

“What a fantastic place to hike.”

“This will be at the top of my list of places to bring folks when they visit.”

These are only a few of the comments overheard at the summit of the Mount Grant property. And they will continue to be heard for generations to come, thanks to the success of the $4.7 million Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve. A million thanks to all 862 individuals and families, some of whom donated multiple times for a total of more than 1,200 gifts, whose generosity will be appreciated by all who experience Mount Grant—forever! All donors’ names (except for those who wish to remain anonymous) will be permanently inscribed on a tastefully discrete sign at the summit.

Thanks for Helping Us Complete the Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve!

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Supporters

With the tremendous leadership of two stellar co-chairs and assisted by a steering committee of 19 community volunteers, we have successfully completed the $4.2 million Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve. This success was made possible by 862 individuals and families who contributed 1,251 gifts. Thanks to each and every one of you who participated in this effort, with gifts ranging in size from $5 to $500,000.

Campaign Steering Committee

Co-chairs: Thor Hanson, C. Keith Wentworth Andrea Anderson • Eileen Drath • Geoff Dunbar • Carolyn Haugen • Alice Hurd • Lisa Lawrence • Barbara Marrett • Liza Michaelson • Tom Nolan • Marilyn O’Connor • Fiona Norris • Laura Norris • Steve Simpson • Jim Skoog • Bob Stavers • Billie Swalla • Joe Todd • Leslie Veirs • Carla Wright With the support of staff of the San Juan Preservation Trust and San Juan County Land Bank.

 

The following individuals and families have contributed to the Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve:

  • Anonymous (several gifts)*
  • David and Sheila Aas
  • Louise Acheson
  • Jill Acheson
  • Denise Acsay
  • Fred Adams
  • Eric and Audra Adelberger
  • David and Phyllis Adelman
  • Jean Ager
  • Karin and Bill Agosta
  • Paul and Marty Ahart
  • Gertrude Ahbel-Dallas*
  • Tracy and Joan Ahr
  • Peter and Kimberly Albert
  • Jeanne and Nick Aldrich
  • Alison Aleinikoff
  • David and Sonia Alexander
  • Wanda Alexander
  • Kathryn Alexandra
  • John Alic
  • Gretchen Allison and Patrick Kirby
  • Jerry and Jacqueline Allison
  • Jeff Altman*
  • Jean Ames
  • Robert Amundson
  • David and Mary Ann Anderson
  • Mary Jane and Mark Anderson*
  • Mary Creed Anderson
  • Andrea and Erik Anderson
  • John and Janice Anderson
  • Charlie Anderson and Pamela Gross
  • Gerald and Carole Anderson
  • Christian and Lea Andrade*
  • Jeff and Debbie Andrews
  • Anonymous
  • Lawson Ridge/Mt Grant Anonymous
  • Jennifer Armstrong
  • Ken Arzarian
  • Marcy and John Aschoff
  • Brett Ashley
  • Robin Atkins
  • Jenny Atkinson
  • Louis and Mary Aubert
  • Amanda Azous*
  • Georgia Baciu
  • Bill and Shannon Bailey
  • Ned and Jill Bailey
  • Liz Banse and Brian Clark
  • Ry Barbin
  • Richard and Catherine Barnhart
  • Barry and Debbie Bartmasser*
  • Thomas Bayley
  • El Bayliss
  • Shel Bedsole and Manya Packard
  • Glen and Susan Beebe
  • Sean Belanga
  • Jill and Joe Belcovson
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  • Mark Bell and Jane Burton-Bell
  • Jack and Sherry Bell
  • Nate Benedict
  • Scott Benedict
  • The Benz Family
  • Bonnie Berk and Larry Kessler
  • Anna Berry-Leon
  • Karl Berry*
  • Mary Berryman
  • Heather Bickford
  • Inez Noble Black
  • Graham and Jennifer Black
  • Chris and Anita Blaine
  • Bill and Jane Blaylock
  • Mark Blitzer
  • Fran Block
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  • Charlie Bodenstab*
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  • Lincoln Bormann
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  • Tom Bosworth*
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  • Janet Gray
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  • Alice Acheson Greub and Ed Greub
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  • Griffin Bay Bookstore
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  • Lucy Hadac
  • Binney and Max Haenel*
  • Karen Haire
  • Shireene and Ed Hale
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  • Glenna and Richard Hall
  • Maureen Hall
  • David Halpern and Mady Schroeder*
  • Will and Jackie Hamilton
  • Bobbi Hamilton
  • Nason and Erica Hamlin
  • Hand By Hand, Inc
  • Francie and Bruce Hansen*
  • Reed Hansen
  • Jan Hansen
  • Max and Jessica Hanson
  • Thor Hanson and Eliza Habegger*
  • Paul Hanson*
  • Harbor Rental and Saw Shop
  • Cliff Harby
  • Noel and Duffy Harley
  • Sheila Harley
  • Carol and Kit Harma
  • David and Amy Harold
  • Michael and Monica Harrington
  • Rochelle Harrington
  • Anne Harris*
  • BJ Harris
  • Joe and Katie Harrison-Gardner
  • David Harsh
  • Sarah Hart
  • Tessa Hart
  • Wendy Hart
  • Eleanor Hartmann
  • Drew Harvell and Charles Greene
  • Tom and Cynthia Hashbarger
  • Flynn Hatten
  • Carolyn Haugen*
  • Steve and Sarah Hauschka
  • David and Maureen Hawkins
  • Irving and Joan Hawley
  • Kevin Murphy and Mary Hayton
  • Mark and Nancy Heacox
  • Maria Hein and Kermit McCarthy
  • Jack and Jan Helsell
  • Beth Helstien and Marshall Sanborn
  • Fred L and Judith A Henley
  • Colin Hermans
  • Mark and Beth Hetrick
  • William and Shelley Hewitt*
  • Theresa Hill
  • Hillside House, Inc
  • Lynne and Richard Hobbs
  • Jean Holden
  • David and Nancy Honeywell
  • Casey Hons
  • Jo Anna Hope
  • Alexander and Ann Horne
  • F. Housel and Marita Holdaway
  • Bill and Cheryl Howard
  • Tom and Rosalie Howarth
  • Shaun Hubbard and Harold Kawaguchi In honor of Thom Pence*
  • Nancy Hubly
  • Kenneth Huggins
  • Jeffrey Hughes
  • Gretchen Hull
  • George and Peggy Hunt
  • Douglas and Christine Hunt*
  • Robin Hunt and Mike Groesch
  • Suzanne and Al Hunter
  • Alice A. Hurd*
  • Jay and Amrita Ibold
  • Lisa and Buddy Ide
  • Imagine Arts Studios
  • Marc Islam and Julie Packard
  • Islanders Insurance
  • Steffan Iverson
  • Allen and Mary Jackson
  • Carol Jackson
  • Thomas Jackson*
  • Brian and Traci Janssen
  • Don and Ann Jarrell
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  • Elise Jensen*
  • Clark and Mary Johnson
  • James and Tiffany Johnson
  • Margaret and Kerwin Johnson
  • Maile Johnson and Ed Suij
  • Phyllis Johnson
  • Sara Jane Johnson
  • Bruce Johnston and Andrea Rechtin
  • Sam Johnston
  • Tim and Kristi Jones
  • Nancy and David Jones*
  • Maureen Jones
  • Keith and Ann Jones
  • Steve Jung and Susan McBain*
  • Russell Jung
  • The Kaden Family
  • David and Carol Kampert*
  • Adam and Julia Kasper
  • Glenn and Diane Kaufman
  • Prudence Kaye
  • Thomas Kaye
  • John and Pam Keffer
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  • James Kelley
  • Clare and Ed Kelm
  • Elaine Kendall and Ron Zee*
  • David and Judy Kennedy*
  • Harold and Ruth Kephart
  • Dave W. Kershner
  • Jean Kershner
  • Eric Kessler
  • Anand and Ellen Khokha
  • Akash Khokha
  • Carol and James Kibble
  • William Kidd
  • Pat Kimble*
  • Alice King
  • Bruce Kingland
  • MaryAnn Kirkby
  • Ned and Marcie Kirschbaum
  • Suzanne Klassen and Ron Janson*
  • Richard Klingbiel
  • Teresa Klinger
  • Weyshawn Koons
  • Linda Korten and Jim Burnison
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  • Rae Kozloff
  • David and Karen Kratter
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  • Charlotte and Robert Lally
  • Gretchen Lambert*
  • Richard and Dorothy Lamm
  • Sandi Lane*
  • John and Annette Lang
  • Kevin and Lisa Lange
  • Margaret Langlie and Peter Goddu*
  • Nany Larsen
  • Morten Lauridsen
  • Lisa and Jim Lawrence
  • Robbie Lawson*
  • Sherry and Chris Lawson
  • Jeanne M. Lee*
  • Don and Susan Leff
  • Ron and Patricia Lehman
  • Geoffrey Lemon
  • Claudette Lestenkof
  • Norman Levenberg
  • Adam Levin-Delson
  • Fritz Levy and Nancy Taylor
  • Bill Lewis
  • Lorraine Lewis
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  • Paul Lingane
  • Edna Link
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  • Jane Livigni
  • Ross Lockwood and Shona Aitken*
  • Andrew and Jackie Lohmar
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  • Kyle and Katie Loring
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  • Mike and Lisa Losh
  • Shirley Lothrop*
  • Jennifer Love
  • Stan Love
  • Robyn Lowe
  • Rebecca Lyle
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  • Mary Lyon*
  • Chris and Monique Maas
  • Susan and Bill Maas
  • Marjorie MacDonald
  • Walter and Ruth MacGinitie
  • Dean Mack
  • Andy MacKinnon
  • Bill and Jan Madill
  • Donald Madsen
  • John Magee
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  • Brynn Malone
  • Bettina Marchese*
  • Nancy Maron and Larry Soll
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  • Chrissy Marshall
  • Diane Martindale and Stephen Bowman*
  • Nancy Maryboy
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  • Mary and Fred McCulloch
  • Cal McCune*
  • Doug McCutchen and Kari Koski
  • Patricia McDole
  • Nancy McGraw
  • Steve and Barbara McKeon*
  • James McNairy and Dotty Walker
  • Medtronic
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  • Barbara Meredith
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  • Judy Meyer and Gene Helfman*
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  • Wendolyn Michnay
  • Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
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  • Vanda Randall
  • Patricia and Gerald Rasmussen*
  • Ed and Randa Ratazzi
  • Kit Rawson and Kathy Thornburgh*
  • Doug and Barb Ray
  • Chris and Alexis Reed
  • Susan Reed
  • Karen Regan
  • Andrew and Patricia Reid
  • James and Shirley Reuscher
  • Tom Reynolds and Mariluz Villa*
  • Eric and Kristen Rezabek
  • James and Kim Rice*
  • Mary Rice
  • Jim Richards
  • Paul Richter and Elizabeth Verdier
  • Wawan and Betsy Ridwan
  • Karen Riedl
  • Jeremy Ripin and Jena Kalli
  • Peter and Susan Risser
  • Barbara Ro
  • Steve and Lisa Robertson*
  • Marty Robinson
  • Betty Rockwell
  • John and Nancy Rodgers
  • Craig Romano
  • Alan and Lynn Roochvarg
  • Jordan Rosenfeld and Linda Lubow
  • Judie Ross
  • Earlene and Arlin Rothauge
  • Michael and Jennifer Rothmeyer in memory of Lynne Rogers
  • Samuel Rothmeyer
  • Dale and Sue Roundy
  • Liz and Doug Rowan
  • Rozewood Env. Services, Inc
  • Margo Rubel
  • Julie Anne Rushton
  • Cal and Mary Karen Ryan
  • Katherine and Joe Ryan
  • Karla Sabin and Benjamin Troutman
  • Lisa Salisbury
  • Stuart and Martha Salot*
  • San Juan Deep Singers
  • San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce
  • San Juan Island Community Foundation
  • San Juan Island School District
  • Susan Sargis
  • Evelyn Satterlee
  • Helen Sawyer
  • Kelly Sax
  • John and Sheila Scates
  • Charles Schelle
  • Kathe Schmid
  • Mike and Jackie Schmidt
  • Tom Schultz
  • Kurt and Elizabeth Schwalbe*
  • Scott Angus and Leslie Schwartz
  • Martha M. Scott
  • Tillie Scruton and Chris Rogge
  • Eliot and Tina Scull
  • Ken Sebens and Emily Carrington
  • Tim Seifert and Sonya Erickson
  • Beverly Seifert
  • Scott Seifert and Al Sandin
  • Tom and Gretchen Seifert
  • Dan and Joy Selak
  • Sarah Severn
  • Robert and Erin Shackelford
  • Sally Shannon
  • Alex Shapiro
  • Bob and Judy Sharp
  • Margot Shaw
  • Eben Shay
  • John Sheehan
  • Diana Sheffer
  • Anne Sheridan
  • Patricia and Bill Sherman
  • Ron and Jean Shreve
  • Delrena and Jim Sides
  • Fred and Ellie Silverstein
  • Theresa Simendinger
  • Charles Simenstad and Stephanie Martin
  • Steve and Nan Simpson*
  • Eliza Sinclair
  • Lance Sjogren
  • Lars Sjoholm
  • David and Catherine Skinner
  • Jim and Karen Skoog
  • Phil and Karen Sluiter
  • Marnee Smith
  • Norm, Kathy & Spencer Smith
  • Cynthia and Ron Smith
  • Sig and Ann Snelson
  • Brent and Kelly Snow
  • Kristen and Michael Soltman
  • John and Rhonda Sommer
  • Kent Scooter and Cheryl Opalski
  • Michael and Diane Soules
  • John Sourbeer*
  • Elizabeth Spadafora*
  • Nancy and Lewis Spaulding
  • Bob Stavers and Judy Chovan
  • Gordon Steele
  • Lana Stephens
  • Gary and Susan Sterner
  • Sam Stitt and Kathryn Jakutis
  • Brandle and Michelle Strand
  • Douglas and Paulette Strandberg
  • Richard and Megumi Strathmann
  • Catherine Strauss
  • Stephen and Susan Stricker
  • Margaret and Edward Strickland*
  • Ted Strutz
  • Mark and Janet Stuckey
  • Lee and Tal Sturdivant*
  • Robert and Lisa Sudar
  • John Sullivan
  • Mary Sullivan
  • Michael Sullivan
  • Tom Sullivan
  • William and Joy Surbey
  • Val White and Malcolm Suttles
  • Alice Swan and Harvey Himelfarb
  • Sweet Water Farm
  • Michael and Kristine Swindling
  • Alex and A. Jean Taylor
  • Lee Taylor
  • Janelle Collins Teasdale
  • Anna E. Tejada
  • Anonymous
  • Gary and Linda Thompson
  • James Thompson
  • Tim and Sally Thomsen
  • Tom and Joyce Thomson
  • Norman and Judy Thordarson
  • Joe Thoron
  • Alex and Karen Timmerman
  • Sally and Joe Todd
  • David Tomlinson
  • Mary Trewartha
  • Daniel and Gabriel Tucker
  • Katherine Turnbull
  • Gerald Tuttle and Kathleen Gorham
  • Jim and Camille Uhlir*
  • Judith Ulrey
  • Denise Urell
  • Floie Vane
  • James Van Maanen
  • Geneva Van Zijll
  • Jim and Karen Vedder
  • Leslie and Val Veirs
  • Scott Veirs and Anne Reese
  • Susan Vernon
  • Dan and Lyn Vician
  • Trigg Villami
  • Vital Elements
  • John and Elisabeth Von Dassow
  • Yasmin von Dassow
  • Jessica Wagner
  • Jean Walkinshaw
  • Steve and Kathryn H. Wang
  • Jane and Richard Ward
  • Richard and Linda Ward
  • Dederick Ward and Susan Parke
  • Richard and Linda Ward
  • Bill and Carol Waxman
  • Karen Whetstone and Jock Warren
  • Jane Weil and David Smith
  • Richard and Rita Weisbrod
  • William J and Rudi Ann Weissinger
  • Nick Weitzer
  • Julie Weitzer
  • Jane and Keith Wentworth*
  • Daniel Wentworth
  • Bill and Maria Wertz
  • Paula West and Joe Cooper
  • Westcott Bay Shellfish Co.
  • Carl Wester and Elizabeth Riggs
  • Ron and Laura Weston
  • Shann Weston and Steve Porten*
  • Martha Wheatley
  • Stanley Wheeler
  • John and Patty Wickham
  • Detlef and Kathleen Wieck
  • Kurt and Christine Wieland
  • Clay Wilcox
  • Lynn and Rana Wilcox*
  • John Wiley and Carolyne Milling
  • Mary WillAllen
  • Dennis and Eileen Willett
  • David and Susan Williams
  • Pamela Williams
  • Tanja and Steve Williamson*
  • Dennis Willows and Susan Mahoney
  • Michael and Elizabeth Wingren
  • Robert Grimm and Helen Winkler*
  • Merrell Wiseman
  • Thomas Wood
  • Peter and Martha Woodman
  • Carole and Jack Woolsey
  • Ross and Anne Worley
  • Carla Wright*
  • Dick and Jane Wright
  • William Wulfeck
  • Amy Wynn
  • Robert and Rita Yeasting
  • Barbara Yocom and Bruce Mowrer
  • Amanda Zee
  • Amara Zee
  • Scott and Tori Zehner
  • David and Mary Zeretzke*
  • Wei Zhang

*indicates donors who gave more than one gift to the campaign

A permanent sign will be placed on Mount Grant Preserve recognizing all who contributed to the campaign, so please let us know if we have omitted your name from this list, or if the way you are acknowledged is incorrect.

As of February 3, 2017 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was the campaign goal set at $4.7 million?

The Mount Grant property purchase price was $3.0 million. The San Juan County Land Bank has committed $1.5 million, so the San Juan Preservation Trust (SJPT) will be responsible for raising the remaining $1.5 million, plus $200.000 for transaction costs and a stewardship endowment of $1.0 million from the San Juan Island community. This total cost includes the purchase price of the property, taxes and other transaction costs, campaign expenses, habitat restoration, trail building and maintenance, and funds to support long-term public access on the property.

Did we pay a fair price?

As the two most active buyers of real estate in the San Juan Islands, the San Juan Preservation Trust and the San Juan County Land Bank are comfortable that the $3 million price we negotiated for the Mount Grant property was both fair and justified by comparable sales that we analyzed.

Who bought this property?

Two local organizations—the San Juan Preservation Trust (a private land trust) and the San Juan County Land Bank (a government agency)—came together to acquire and conserve the property.

What roles do these partners play?

The San Juan Preservation Trust was responsible for raising private gifts totaling $2.7 million, and the San Juan County Land Bank committed $1.5 million in public funding. The new preserve will be owned and managed by the County Land Bank, and the Preservation Trust has placed a conservation easement on the property that protects its natural values and ensures public access in perpetuity.

What are the future plans for the property?

Mount Grant will be protected as a publicly-accessible nature preserve. Recreational use of Mount Grant is a top priority for the San Juan Preservation Trust and the San Juan County Land Bank. As the Land Bank is the owner and manager of the property, they are developing a management plan that incorporates public input and balances recreational use and preservation of valuable natural assets and habitats of the land. The Preservation Trust has requested that the Land Bank provide a network of secluded hiking trails, automobile access to the top (for elderly visitors, those with mobility issues, families with young children, etc.), and places to enjoy the spectacular views, and we have been assured that these uses are acceptable. Other uses, including horseback riding and mountain biking (among many other suggested uses), will be considered by the Land Bank as part of their public process. This is identical to the approach our partnership took after we purchased Turtleback Mountain on Orcas Island.

How does this affect property taxes?

Property taxes collected on the 141-acre Ridge property were recently $7,758/year, about the same amount collected for one $1-million home on San Juan Island. Now that Mount Grant has been converted from a residential subdivision into a nature preserve, the County Land Bank will exempt this property from the County’s tax roles as they manage it for public use. As has been supported time and again by studies conducted in the islands and elsewhere, the net public benefit generated by conservation projects like this (both measurable and intangible) far exceed any foregone tax revenues (minus associated costs of county services) that these properties might one day generate.

How do I get to Mount Grant?

Directions: From the Friday Harbor courthouse, take Guard Street out of town. Guard Street  becomes Beaverton Valley Rd, which becomes West Valley Rd. At approximately 4.9 miles out of Friday Harbor,  look for a Mount Grant Preserve sign on the left. Turn left and drive ahead to parking before the closed gate. Currently, the road to the summit is open on selected Sundays from 10 am – 4 pm. The preserve is open to hikers and non-motorized traffic every day, 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk. Eventually (when the Land Bank completes and implements its management plan for the preserve), the summit road will be open on a more regular basis.

 

The Campaign to Save Mount Grant has reached its goal!

THANK YOU to all those who helped us make this vision a reality.

 

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