Year Protected: 1997
Land Protected: 5 acres
Public Benefits: Old growth forest
Long-time Orcas Island residents Bob and Shirley Martin donated 5 acres of woodlands to the Preservation Trust in 1997. The parcel, which is located at Fircroft off of Enchanted Forest Road, hosts a grove of large older growth cedar trees typical of many parts of northern Orcas Island.
The Trust will hold the five-acre parcel as a neighborhood preserve to remain in a totally natural state. The property will have no structures and provides habitat for wildlife, including deer, raccoon and a variety of birds such as brown creepers, nuthatches, kinglets, vireos and woodpeckers.
In thanking the Martins for this gift, the Preservation Trust vice president at the time, Judy Gilson Moody, said, “People who live in and visit the islands love to see wildlife. This land will continue as a local haven for wildlife like all of our recently acquired neighborhood preserves.”