Zylstra Lake Preserve, San Juan Island


In late 2015, the Land Bank and the non-profit San Juan Preservation Trust purchased Zylstra Lake, a 285-acre tract in San Juan Valley. Long coveted because of its importance to the False Bay watershed, expansive fields and proximity to existing conserved farmlands, the organizations made a big leap of faith, closing with $2.7 million still owed to the seller.

The work began to secure grant funding, both from the federal and state government sources for the purposes of conserving the wildlife and riparian areas and to provide a recreational opportunity to the County’s residents. The partnership was successful on both counts and paid off the debt a year early in 2017. As with Mount Grant Preserve on San Juan Island and Turtleback Mountain Preserve on Orcas Island, Zylstra will be owned and managed by the Land Bank, and the Preservation Trust will hold a conservation easement on it.

The Land Bank held its first public scoping meeting on November 7, 2019 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Please click on the links below to view a copy of the powerpoint presentation as well as the Bird Abundance Survey. This meeting was the first step in gathering public input  which will help direct the DRAFT Stewardship and Management Plant for Zylstra Lake Preserve. If you would like to send in a comment after viewing the presentation, please email it to tanjaw@sjclandbank.org or mail to: SJCLB, 350 Court Street, No. 6, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.
November 7, 2019, Public Scoping Meeting – Part One
November 7, 2019, Public Scoping Meeting – Part Two
November 7, 2019, Public Scoping Meeting – Part Three
Bird Abundance Survey