Year Protected: 1984
Land Protected: 17. 6 acres
Public Benefits: Forest, wetlands
One of the very first conservation easements donated to the San Juan Preservation Trust came from Virginia and Charles Mottl of Orcas. In 1984, they protected 17.6 acres on the southeast corner of Guthrie Cove and White Beach roads.
“The easement permanently prohibits residential, commercial or industrial use of the site,” explained Linda Krieger, executive director for the Trust at the time. The property has biologically rich wetlands and is home to a large array of migratory and resident birds who will be able to continue their undisturbed habitation on the property in perpetuity.