One of the ways Capitol Land Trust furthers conservation is through partnering with local governments to achieve shared conservation goals. These partnerships are mutually beneficial as we provide local governments with our expertise in landowner outreach, acquisition and grant management, while they have access to land conservation grants that are only available to governmental entities.
CLT is currently completing two such projects in Mason County. The first project, in partnership with Mason County, will double the size of the existing Coulter Creek Park by adding an additional 58 acres of forest, salt marsh and Puget Sound shoreline. Located in North Bay near Allyn, this park is managed as a natural preserve that provides water access to launch non-motorized watercraft at high tide. Funding is through the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office.
The second project, called Eagle Point Acquisition, is a partnership between CLT and the City of Shelton. This project will allow the Shelton Parks Department to own 15 acres and over 2,000 feet of Puget Sound shoreline to provide passive recreation opportunities. The Eagle Point property has long been considered a strategic conservation property close to downtown Shelton. It is made possible through state and federal grants awarded to the Squaxin Island Tribe for a large-scale restoration project taking place in Shelton Harbor.