Aiston Preserve Project Timeline


The Heritage Trust views the Aiston Preserve project in three phases: Acquisition, Restoration and Development. The acquisition, that permanently protects the land, is complete!

The Heritage Trust owns the Aiston Preserve and is responsible for managing and caring for the preserve. We are now partnering with the Northwest Straits Foundation, the Department of Natural Resources and others to define, design and implement the best strategies for reclaiming the upland and enhancing the shoreline that was damaged by mining. Then, in partnership with Whatcom County Parks, we will create safe public access for low impact recreation such as paddling and hiking.

What You Can Do To Help

Participate in public engagement meetings. Our first two town hall meetings for the Aiston Preserve project gave us many good ideas and much information to draw on as we create options for restoration and public use. Watch our website for future public engagement opportunities.

Town hall meeting with Northwest Straits and Anchor QEA, LLC

Town hall meeting with Northwest Straits and Anchor QEA, LLC

Volunteer for a work party. There are many tasks for willing volunteers from pulling invasive weeds to loading up your truck for a dump run or creating a wreath for the Holiday Bazaar. Fill out a volunteer form or call the office to be placed on the list for work party notices, or just show up.

Work party at Aiston Preserve

Work party at Aiston Preserve

Give your annual membership gift. Your annual donation will support the vision, the commitment, and the wherewithal to conserve lands in perpetuity. Your gift, no matter the size, will help care for the island’s protected lands and connect people to the sights, sounds and smells of nature. The work the Heritage Trust does is fueled by you. 

Enjoy a walk on the Otto or Curry Preserve or hike up the Baker trail. Breathe the clean air, observe the plants and critters, and gaze into the clear waters that surround this beautiful island – knowing you are Preserving the Nature of Lummi Island.



Feasibility Task Force
Grant Applications


Due Diligence & Negotiations


Bridge Loans
Purchase Closing


Public Input
Capital Campaign



Restoration Feasibility Studies:
  • slope stability study
  • public input
  • invasive weed control
  • geophysical study
  • biological assessments
  • plant / wildlife inventory
  • eelgrass / kelp survey
  • forage fish monitoring
  • boundary line survey
  • bathymetric survey
  • archeological assessment

Grant Applications
Stablize / Deconstruct Structures
Design Mine Reclamation
Design Shoreline Restoration



Grant Applications
  • re-grade benches
  • stabilize slopes
  • planting mine area
  • remove shoreline armor
  • planting on shoreline
  • parking area
  • interpretive signs
  • restroom
  • trails and viewpoints
  • emergency access

Mine Reclamation
Shoreline Construction


Public Access Construction

*This timeline is our best estimate of how the Aiston Preserve restoration and development work could take place.

This article is part of the Heritage Letter, Fall 2016. Get the full letter here.