Burke Bay Estuary
A group of Brownsville residents have been keeping tabs on the vacant properties surrounding the Burke Bay estuary for years. When the tide is high, members of the group can be found in Burke Bay in their kayaks, checking on their favorite trees, searching for signs of a new heron rookery, and watching the baby Canada geese that hatch each spring. They want to protect the shoreline and forest for the fish and wildlife that call the bay home and maintain it as a quiet oasis and greenspace for people to connect to nature.
Meanwhile, the landowners of a pristine 27-acre property on the southern border of the bay had similar hopes for the protection of the estuary. With the help of Great Peninsula Conservancy, the landowners found a way to preserve the property forever. In 2019, the property owners made the amazing decision to donate the $135,000 property to Great Peninsula Conservancy, so it can be conserved as a nature preserve for the benefit of people and wildlife.
The 27-acre undeveloped shoreline property in Brownsville is adjacent to the estuary in Burke Bay, a small coastal inlet of Puget Sound. This property provides important nesting and foraging habitat for birds, feeding grounds and refuge for young salmon, and habitat for mammals such as river otter and black bear. The property will protect nearly 1,300 feet of shoreline on the estuary, which is used by five different species of salmon and trout, including two species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act: chinook salmon and steelhead trout.
The protection of this estuary property will help advance regional recovery goals for chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales. It will also serve as a catalyst for other land conservation efforts in the region.
Burke Bay Campaign
The current owners have generously agreed to donate the property to Great Peninsula Conservancy providing an upfront value of over $135,000. In order to cover project expenses beyond the cost of land, including closing costs, title insurance, a property boundary survey, and stewardship funds, an additional $40,000 is needed. By September 2019, $12,000 had been secured thanks to several generous members of the community. GPC is currently seeking an additional $28,000 to reach the funding goal and save the Burke Bay estuary!
Contact Nate Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 373-3500.