Judd Creek parcel secures protection

King County and the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust teamed up to put another 10 acres of property along Judd Creek into protected ownership, representatives from both entities said last week.

King County and the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust teamed up to put another 10 acres of property along Judd Creek into protected ownership, representatives from both entities said last week.

The purchase includes 400 feet of Judd Creek, Vashon’s largest stream and a source of habitat for spawning salmon. The property is also adjacent to other acreage the two entities recently protected and kitty-corner to more than 40 acres of protected land in Paradise Valley.

All told, said Tom Dean, executive director of the land trust, the county and the nonprofit have safeguarded nearly 90 acres as part of the Paradise Valley Preserve.

“This is Vashon’s big creek,” Dean said. “We’re trying to piece together a preserve that can sustain a salmon run.”

The property on 111th Avenue S.W. was owned for years by Peggy Anderson, who raised two children, as well as countless chickens, there. But the small 1944-era house is problematic, Dean said. The septic is broken, and the well drew water from the stream.

The modest home would likely would need to be rebuilt, but because of the configuration of the land and the house’s proximity to a salmon-bearing stream, permits would be nearly impossible to secure, he said.

What’s more, Dean said, restoration of the property will add considerably to Judd Creek’s health.

“Some of this work will have an immediate impact,” he said.

Greg Rabourn, Vashon’s basin steward for King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, concurred.

The purchase, he said, “gives us an opportunity to do some real good here.”

The property was purchased for $272,000 by the land trust, which was then reimbursed by the county when the county bought a conservation easement from the land trust. That approach — keeping the land trust as the owner but involving the county as both a funder and a partner — works well, both Dean and Rabourn said.

“It’s good for the land trust because it enables them to acquire a lot more land. It’s good for the county because the land trust is responsible for the management and the upkeep,” Rabourn said.

Dean said the house will be torn down and the property restored, eventually providing a spot where people can walk along the stream and possibly see salmon spawning.

“I’m really excited about this purchase,” he said.

 


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@vashonbeachcomber.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Vashon Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Reports

Here’s what you need to know about June 29 to July 6.

Islanders, officials weigh in on bridge closure

Some are considering how the closure might impact the island in the long term.

Some churches re-open their doors, while others Zoom on

For all services, a wide range of safety measures are required by the state.

Unofficial island mayor race continues

One dollar is one vote. Donations can be made in collection boxes set around town as well as online.

Get ready for shopping at Granny’s again

Granny’s will expand in-store shopping and donations to Wednesdays as well this week.

Upstart producers keep Vashon’s arts scene humming online

Vashon Live shows have had close to 70,000 views since the series began in early March.

Vashon Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Pandemic Situation Reports

Here’s what you need to know about June 22 to June 29.

Island eateries adjust to life in Phase 2

Not everyone is comfortable yet with the prospect of reopening.

Performers bring a message: get tested, Vashon

White-coat-clad “doctors” in downtown last week agree: testing on Vashon is easy to arrange.

Most Read