Cole Conservation Easement, Lopez Island

Cole Conservation Easement, Lopez Island

This 245-acre property is divided into a 193-acre farm and a 52-acre parcel of woodland waterfront on Aleck Bay. The gently rolling farmland stretches along Aleck Bay Road on the south end of Lopez Island. A well-known, long-time local farmer, Howard Cole, protected the farm with a conservation easement that allows for continued agricultural use of the property but limits the density to a maximum of two house sites. The waterfront lot includes 1,555 feet of rocky shoreline and a protected beach in Aleck Bay. It provides habitat for the brittle prickly pear cactus, a species of local concern. Howard Cole donated nearly all of the value of the conservation easement on the shoreline piece.

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