Burt and Di Meyer were fixtures in the Olympia music scene for decades before passing away—Di in 2016 and Burt in 2017. They were truly community-oriented people, giving generously of their time and talents. They also loved hiking, so Burt decided to spread Di’s ashes in all of their favorite hiking destinations. It was on one of these trips that Burt tragically died in a rockfall in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Not only was Mt. Rainier a place they loved to hike, but it also provided the awe-inspiring view from their home on the west side of Eld Inlet. This love of nature and their land led them to leave their property, affectionately known as Grindelhof, to Capitol Land Trust through their estate.
We are truly grateful and honored they have entrusted us with the place they spent their lives making music and instruments and gathering with family and friends. To carry out their wishes, Capitol Land Trust will now place a conservation easement on the property, which will forever protect the shoreline on Eld Inlet and limit future development.
With these added protections, we look for a conservation minded buyer for the property, using the proceeds to support the conservation of our region’s essential natural areas and working lands. Gifts of this nature can increase capacity for conservation in transformative ways, and we are glad to help Burt and Di carry out their legacy of contributing to our community.
“Burt and Di set a high standard for us all. They left our bay and community a better place in many ways. In addition, they gave us the opportunity to double their gift through additional conservation protections in this region. May God bless them both.”
– Ralph Munro, longtime friend and neighbor