Wolfe Conservation Easement

Orcas Island

Year Protected: 1991

Land Protected: 122 acres

Shoreline Protected: 1,675 feet

Public Benefits: Shoreline

Entrance Mountain, often referred to as the “Camel Back,” is the prominent dual peak that marks the entrance to East Sound. A conservation easement of 122 acres, donated in 1991 by Bill and Molly Wolfe, protects this iconic, cliff-faced hillside. With the addition of this easement, nearly the entire western half of Entrance Mountain—230 acres—is now protected in perpetuity as a natural reserve.

The protected property extends from 1,675 feet of sandy, low-bank and rocky shoreline to the 1,000-foot southern summit of Entrance Mountain. The ridge is significant habitat for bald eagles and includes an active nest. A variety of wildlife species, from deer and raccoon to woodpeckers and songbirds, use the property for nesting and shelter. The land is also habitat for rare plant species such as the phantom orchid, prickly pear cactus, and leafless pyrola.

“We have enjoyed the features of this land for thirty years—its wildlife, native plants and shoreline habitat,” said Bill Wolfe. “We want to preserve it in its current, essentially natural condition. We are pleased that it can be part of a larger block of preserved land on Entrance Mountain.”

Thanks to the Wolfes and their neighbors, and their generosity and vision, Entrance Mountain will remain a sanctuary for wildlife and for the generations of people to follow them.