On Orcas Island in 2013, we celebrated how our community was enriched when a shared vision and work came together: the creation of additional trail access on Turtleback Mountain Preserve.

The new trail connects hikers between the Land Bank’s Turtleback Preserve and San Juan Preservation Trust’s Turtlehead Preserve. This “neck” trail is a little over a mile and unites the mountain’s prominent ridgelines and creates an expansive natural area.

This project was a combined effort with SJPT, Washington Trails Association, Washington Conservation Corps, Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps, and a crew of hardworking volunteers.

San Juan County Land Bank Turtleback Mountain

In 2006, San Juan Preservation Trust and San Juan County Land Bank, with the support of the community, came together to purchase and place conservation easements on Turtleback Mountain on Orcas Island in San Juan County. Check out this audio link for the history of those organizations and how they collaborated to save this iconic piece of land in the islands.

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