Purchased in 2016
We are pleased to announce the conservation of 312-acres in the Black River watershed near Capitol State Forest and adjacent to Capitol Land Trust’s Edwards Conservation Easement.
This acquisition is 15 years in the making. First identified as a conservation priority by The Nature Conservancy, it took nearly a decade to raise the funds to purchase the property. The landowners, Aloha Lumber Corporation, had the opportunity to sell the property as a 45-home sub-development, but gave Capitol Land Trust the opportunity to try to protect it first.
Darlin Creek Preserve protects hundreds of acres of healthy forest, 70 acres of diverse wetland habitat, Lake Lucinda, important wildlife habitat for state and federally listed species, and more than 2 miles of fish-bearing streams: Darlin, Dempsey, and Pants Creeks – all Black River tributaries that run through the property.
Thank you to the following partners:
- Aloha Lumber Corporation/Obsidian Finance Group LLC
- Thurston County
- WA Recreation and Conservation Office
- Washington Coast Restoration Initiative
- The Nature Conservancy
- Capitol Land Trust supporters
CLT Strategic Conservation Goals Achieved:
- Conserve wetlands, riparian areas, and associated upland forests