Year protected: 1989 & 1998
Land protected: 359 acres
Shoreline protected: 4,805 feet
Public benefits: Shoreline, forest, rocky balds, agricultural lands, wetlands
The late Fred and Marilyn Ellis are responsible for leaving a remarkable conservation legacy on Shaw Island. In 1989, they donated a conservation easement to the Preservation Trust on their historical Shaw Island homestead. This easement protects over 300 acres and 4,500 feet of shoreline along Parks Bay and Hicks Bay. In 1998, the Ellis’s followed up with a gift to the Preservation Trust of 15 of the easement-protected acres that stretch between Parks and Hicks Bays. The easement and preserve lands are adjacent to the 579-acre preserve that the Ellis’s had previously donated to University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs. Altogether, Fred and Marilyn were responsible for permanently conserving over 1,400 acres of land on both Shaw and Lopez Islands, leaving a true legacy of conservation.
At the end of 2017, Fred and Marilyn’s heirs donated all the land that had been protected under the conservation easement to the Preservation Trust, thereby creating the spectacular 345-acre Ellis Family Preserve. You can read more about the preserve and watch a video that tells the story behind it here.