Plum Tree Farm Conservation Easement, Orcas Island

The Plum Tree Farm conservation easement protects 55 acres of open farmland and a small portion of forest in the scenic Crow Valley. The property lies along Horseshoe Highway and Nordstrom Lane and provides a viewshed of Turtleback Mountain to the west and the Crow Valley to the east. The Land Bank exchanged the six-acre Miller property purchased in 1996 for a conservation easement on the entire 55-acre farm. The Land Bank and property owners are working together to restore the overgrown fields to historic pasture. The conservation easement prevents residential construction in the viewshed and preserves the agricultural areas of the land.