Mrount Grant preserve expands

Submitted by the San Juan County Land Bank

On the heels of the Zylstra Lake acquisition, the San Juan County Land Bank was able to secure an additional 60-plus acres adjacent to Mount Grant Preserve.

“Mount Grant is one of the most fascinating projects I have worked on since becoming a land bank commissioner,” said Commissioner Amanda Azous. “The people and land connections forged by our community on behalf of Mount Grant have far exceeded original goals. As a neighbor, I relish that we have protected valuable native forests and wildflower meadows as well as incomparable views we can all enjoy.”

The 30-acre area north of the preserve will provide access to the lower portion of Mount Grant, aiding in the ecological management and stewardship of the land. The three 10-acre parcels to the west are within the Trout Lake watershed which will help protect the town’s water supply. The Town of Friday Harbor also donated a trail easement which provides a great overlook of the lake.

To stay apprised of Mount Grant Preserve public scoping meetings, and other land bank happenings, contact Tanja Williamson at or call 360-378-4402 to be added to the land bank’s email list.