Kayakers paddle past the North Shore Preserve, Orcas Island | Staff archive

The San Juan County Conservation Land Bank, our partners in acquiring the North Shore property on Orcas Island for conservation, has been making good progress toward preparing the property for eventual public access—most recently with the removal of decrepit structures and septic systems (see photos below).

The progress is great to see, but much remains to be done. The Preservation Trust is still $360,000 from achieving the $3.7 million goal needed to fully finance and permanently protect the property, for now and generations to come.

We invite you to partner with us in completing this once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect this 58-acre property with its 1,800-foot stretch of shoreline in one of the islands’ highest-priority regions for salmon protection that will also provide much-needed public shoreline access on Orcas Island. You can help by making a gift today.

Removing structures from the shoreline buffer zone:

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Have a look at progress on the North Shore property yourself by signing up for one of the Land Bank’s fall tours.

You can see the Conservation Land Bank’s timeline and overview of their work on the project here.