Raising awareness around our lands and the places we love to play is forefront of most trail runners minds. I am excited to share the work of Skagit Land Trust with Chuckanut 50k participants at our pre and post race events. Blanchard is the neighboring mountain to Chuckanut and these two together make up the training grounds for many people in this area as well as provide landscape for countless other recreational uses. 2017 is a critical year to ensure the trails and trees stay put on this working mountain and I am thankful for the work of Skagit Land Trust and Conservation NW to help work with all user groups to find the best solution.
Skagit Land Trust was an original member of the 2006 Blanchard Strategies Group and remains on the Blanchard Advisory Group today. We work with our partners, community members, legislators and DNR to advocate for full funding for the Blanchard Strategies solution that permanently protects the 1600-acre forested core of Blanchard. We are excited to join the Chuckanut 50K and work alongside people who LOVE Blanchard and are willing to help get it protected.
Founded in 1992, Skagit Land Trust protects wildlife habitat, wetlands, agricultural and forest lands, scenic natural areas and shorelines throughout the mainland and islands of the Skagit area. By working with our community, partners and willing landowners we conserve Skagit’s rich natural heritage. Our land and waterways give us life. We need land for clean water, healthy forests and farms; to provide places for birds, fish and wildlife; and to ensure all of us have places to appreciate and access nature and its astounding beauty. We work with you, our community, to keep our precious natural areas healthy for all generations. Skagit Land Trust permanently protects hundreds of acres of threatened wildlife habitat each year and many miles of shoreline as well as helping to establish trails and nature areas for our community. For more information on how you can help, visit