When asked what he likes about their San Juan Island property, Alan Grodin answers without hesitation, “We think it’s magical.” Some of the qualities that contribute to the land’s magic include privacy, beautiful woods for quiet walks, and a peacefulness that invites relaxation. He goes on to explain, “We enjoy the land just the way it is, and that is what we wanted to preserve by working with the Preservation Trust on an easement.” For the Grodin family, the place is a retreat, removed from the stress and tension of everyday life. The natural setting creates the sanctuary they cherish and take pleasure in sharing with friends.
The conservation easement that Alan and his wife Ann donated to the Trust in 2001 is indeed carefully crafted to accomplish that goal. Seven acres of the 10-acre property located on San Juan’s west side have been designated “forever wild” ensuring that the secluded, peaceful woodland continues to be enjoyed in perpetuity.
From the deck of their house in the residential area of the property, the Grodins southerly view includes a patchwork of forest, moss-covered outcrops, meadow and, beyond, the expanse of Haro Strait. Portions of this view have been protected by a conservation easement granted to the Trust in 2000 by their neighbors Nancy and Richard Hieromynus. “Knowing the Hieronymus land was conserved influenced our decision,” recalls Alan. “Just knowing we could add to an adjoining preserved natural area was a great feeling.”