Aiston Preserve Protected! Now What?

 
Photo by Ed Lowe

Photo by Ed Lowe

The first phase of the Aiston Preserve project is complete! We have collected our grants, paid back bridge loans, and raised all the money needed to purchase the land. Over 420 of you stepped up to make sure this land would not become an expanded mine or a housing development. Together we have permanently protected 105 acres and 4,000 feet of shoreline. Thank you!

Healthy and diverse plant, wildlife and tidal habitats are now safe. Deep forests will always be here to shelter migrating birds and provide homes for Lummi Island’s eagles and ravens. Fern covered rock outcrops and mossy balds will allow delicate wildfowers and native plants to take root and thrive. The undulating, rocky shoreline with pocket beaches and eelgrass beds will shelter and nourish young migrating salmon, crab, and shellfish. The Aiston Preserve will be a place for countless generations of plants, wildlife and people to enjoy ~ forever. 

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