Pt. Stanley Schoolhouse Preserve

Lopez Island
Year Protected: 1996
Land Protected: 17 acres
Public Benefits: Forestland, wildlife habitat

When Fred & Marilyn Ellis placed a conservation easement on over 300 acres of working farmland on Lopez Island’s northeast side, they created a large corridor of protected land in a vitally important agricultural area.   Adding to the Ellis’s generous gesture, Chris and Helena Jones donated an adjacent 17-acre forested property to the Preservation Trust in 1996 that completely surrounds the historic Port Stanley School.  Comprised of a mixed-age stand of a variety of conifers and deciduous trees, the Port Stanley Schoolhouse Preserve serves as a fitting backdrop to the quaint and picturesque school.  This preserve will continue to be managed as a “forever wild” preserve, providing wildlife habitat and adding to the large swath of conservation lands in this beloved corner of Lopez Island.