Year Protected: 2012
Land Protected: 5 acres
Shoreline Protected: 215 feet
Public Benefits: Shoreline, forest, rocky balds
One of the San Juan Preservation Trust’s strategic priority areas for permanent protection is the land and shoreline of Blakely Island. In 2012, the Norberg and Hanson families donated a restrictive conservation easement on a 5-acre waterfront parcel which they own in common on the southwestern coast of Blakely. This property is very visible from the ferry as it travels through Thatcher Pass, which separates Decatur and Blakely Islands. Over half of this 4,400-acre island is already under Preservation Trust conservation, and with this addition, the Preservation Trust has permanently protected over 20,000 feet of shoreline on Blakely.