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Posted on: August 23, 2023

Conservation Land Bank Announces Special Meeting to Discuss Watmough Bay Preserve Addition

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 23, 2023 – The San Juan County Conservation Land Bank Commission seeks input regarding future plans for the Watmough Bay Preserve Addition (formerly the Higgins property) located on Lopez Island. The meeting will be held in person at the Lopez Island Family Resource Center and available to join online via Zoom.

The Conservation Land Bank acquired the 11.5-acre Watmough Addition in February of 2022 for the purchase price of $2.55 million. The Land Bank has sought opportunities to offset the cost of acquisition and invites discussion on the possible options of grant funding or transfer to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). 

Find meeting materials on the Land Bank website:

Media Contact: Tanja Williamson, Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator,, 360-378-4402

About San Juan County’s Conservation Land Bank

San Juan County’s Conservation Land Bank, funded by a 1% real estate excise tax paid by purchasers of property at closing, acquires and protects special places in the Islands including coastlines, farmland, forests and wetlands. The department offices are located at 328 Caines Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information about San Juan County’s Land Bank, visit


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