Beaverton Campaign: A Near Victory
We have good news to report regarding our Campaign for Beaverton Valley Preserve. With an outpouring of community support over the past year, we’ve successfully met the requirements of a $500,000 challenge grant from an anonymous source, and the check is in the bank.
Before we declare total victory on this campaign, however, we must jump through two more hoops:
In order to protect the property permanently, we need to draw up and purchase a conservation easement from the San Juan County Land Bank—a complex legal procedure that we expect to conclude in June.
All pledges to the campaign need to be fulfilled so we can reach our projected campaign totals. Assuming that happens (and we expect that it will), we will have exceeded the campaign’s $1.2 million goal. All donations we receive in excess of the goal are going into a stewardship fund for management and care of the preserve. A total of 167 families, businesses, foundations and matching gift programs contributed to the campaign. You can see a complete donor list here.
The next step in transforming raw land into a nature preserve is planning how to manage the land in a way that balances resource conservation with public access. Over the next two to three years, the Land Bank will work with the community to determine options for the long-term management and use of the preserve. We will keep you posted on further updates.