Year protected: 2011
Land protected: 40 acres
Public benefits: Wetlands, wildlife habitat
At the western reaches of the largest wetland system in San Juan County lies a 40-acre parcel that the San Juan Preservation Trust acquired in 2011. Known as the “Beaverton Marsh”, this productive marshland sits in the bucolic Beaverton Valley area of San Juan Island. The purchase was made in partnership with the San Juan County Land Bank, who holds a conservation easement on the property and on adjoining parcels. If agreement can be reached with neighboring landowners, the Preservation Trust plans to manage the land for restoration of wetland vegetation under a plan developed by Ducks Unlimited, a national organization dedicated to restoration of waterfowl habitat. Water levels will be raised to encourage native wetlands vegetation and reduce the presence of invasive reed canary grass. Habitat restoration is expected to result in increased diversity of waterfowl and improved opportunities for wildlife viewing.