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Limekiln Preserve 'bird blind' featured in next KYI Walk

The Trails Committee was selected for its Know Your Island Walks. - Contributed photo
The Trails Committee was selected for its Know Your Island Walks.
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By Jennifer Brennock, Land Bank public outreach coordinator

The new bird and wildlife viewing blind at the Land Bank’s Limekiln Preserve is the first facility of its kind on public land in San Juan County.

The project was conceived by members of the community who developed designs, helped research permitting, donated materials, and volunteered time and sweat in its construction. Completed in the late fall, the blind saw immediate use by young families, avid birders, photographers, regular fitness walkers, and school groups.bird blind

“This was such a fantastic project," said Leslie Veirs, who spearheaded the project. "I love that people from the community can come up with an idea, bring it to the Land Bank, and make it a reality. This is the sort of investment in place that will connect youth and adults with their conservation lands now and into the future.”

Additionally, the Land Bank teamed up with San Juan Island Conservation Corps to construct a connector trail on the Westside Scenic Preserve. Crews from the Conservation Corps completed a 600-foot long trail on private land which links the two separate parts of the Land Bank’s preserve.

The trail was made possible by the donation of a trail license by the Djarf family in memory of Pat and Cliff Djarf.

trailblazersThe Westside Preserve is frequently accessed by locals for its scenic vistas, spring wildflowers, shoreline access, and whale watching opportunities. Together with Deadman Bay and Limekiln preserves, it provides access to more than five miles of trail, protects rare ecological communities, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Westside corridor has been a focus for the Land Bank on San Juan Island, consisting of 10 separate projects totaling 225 acres at the cost of $5.6 million.

Driving directions and maps to Land Bank preserves are available at www.sjclandbank.org, 370-7655, or jenniferb@rockisland.com.

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