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Land Trust instrumental in cleaning up shoreline | Letters | May 8

I want to highlight the wonderful stewardship the Bainbridge Land Trust provides for the properties in conservation easements.

The Phyllis Young easement at Battle Point was among the first granted, in 1990. For 19 years the Land Trust has monitored and provided advice in maintaining the easement for the benefit of Bainbridge and Puget Sound waters.

This year, Brenda McMurray, the trust’s stewardship director, worked with the Department of Natural Resources to remove more than 12 tons of creosote soaked logs from the beach and lagoon with almost no damage to the land.

She then brought in two volunteer shoreline stewards (Christy Carr and Krista Martin) and long=time land trust volunteer Tom Croker to assess the property to see if remedial worked was needed. This was capped by a clean up on April 25.

Our thanks to 28 Bainbridge Island High School National Honor Society and Earth Service Corps students who collected three heaping pickup loads of trash that had washed up from storm events onto the easement. Bainbridge Disposal graciously accepted the garbage without charge.

On behalf of the Young family, I thank everyone involved. We would never have been able to accomplish all this on our own. It is a privilege to work with the Land Trust.

Dallas Young Shaffer

Battle Point

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