Hogback Mountain Conservation Easement, Orcas Island

The Hogback Mountain project marks the first cooperative venture between the San Juan County Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust. The 50 acres protected by two conservation easements include a prominent bald meadow, second-growth forest, and a stream adjacent to the eastern boundary of Moran State Park. The Preservation Trust cares for the northern 30 acres. A conservation easement on this parcel prohibits any residential development but allows for public pedestrian access from the adjacent park. The southern 20 acres is owned by a private landowner. The Land Bank also holds a conservation easement on this land. The easement limits development to two residential lots and restricts building size and location.