Waterfront access on Orcas Island is a high priority for locals. Crescent Beach, with its outstanding scenic values, ecological resources, and potential for public access has been a top conservation priority for the Land Bank since the beginning of the program. An acquisition of 112 acres in 1998 included nearly 300 feet of no-bank beach waterfront and an extensive wetland system including a large pristine wetland adjacent to Crescent Beach. Another in 2000 added an additional 5 acres and 855 feet of waterfront. In 2002 and 2005, the preserve expanded further with the addition of 13.75 acres and 968 more feet of shoreline providing new options for enjoyment, access, walking trails, and parking. Crescent Beach Preserve is a gem for marine study and public enjoyment.