The Campaign to Connect the Henrys deadline: September 1, 2017 (Scroll down to see the story unfold)

A "WALKING ISLAND"

With only a few roads, Henry Island is a "walking island" that relies on its trails.

Aerial video of the Henry Island Isthmus filmed in winter.

The Henry Island Isthmus provides the only link between Big Henry and Little Henry.

Yet this isthmus has—until now—been privately owned, accessible only by the landowner's permission.

Alarmed by the threat of a residential development that would prohibit future use of this trail, the Henry Island community has asked the San Juan Preservation Trust to help them purchase the property.

PROJECT COST: $1.95 million

THE GOOD NEWS: We are only $530,000 from our goal.

PATRICK ROSS PHOTO

THE BAD NEWS: We've already received donations from most Henry residents, yet we still have more than a half-million dollars left to raise.

If successful, this project would ensure that Henry Island's most essential transportation link will be accessible for current and future generations of islanders and their guests.

PROJECT BENEFITS:

  • A trail across the isthmus will remain accessible to all of Henry Island. Forever.
  • Driftwood Beach (on the Open Bay side of the isthmus) will be accessible to all of Henry Island. Forever.
  • Another trail to a spectacular knoll overlooking Nelson Bay will remain accessible to all of Henry Island. Forever.
  • 80 acres of scenic uplands, fragile shoreline, and tidal marsh will continue to provide some of the most diverse wildlife habitat in the San Juan Islands. Forever.

WAYS TO HELP:

2. Tell your island neighbors about the campaign and ask them to contribute. And if they have already contributed, ask them to contribute again! (They can donate at www.sjpt.org or send a check to: The San Juan Preservation Trust, Box 759, Friday Harbor, WA 98250).

3. We know that your friends and family enjoy visiting you on Henry. Tell them about the campaign, encourage them to visit the isthmus, and ask them to send in a gift. (They can donate at www.sjpt.org or send a check to: The San Juan Preservation Trust, Box 759, Friday Harbor, WA 98250).

All contributors to this campaign will receive a "Connect the Henrys" cap!

WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE ISTHMUS NOW?

We've already begun working with neighbors, volunteers, and a talented group of hearing-impaired young people to build new trails, including one that connects the isthmus to dramatic views over Nelson Bay and the wildlife that gathers on its salt marsh.

Hearing-impaired youth from NYC (Northwest Youth Corps, based in Portland, OR) take a lunch break.

A new trail connects the isthmus to dramatic views over Nelson Bay and the wildlife that gathers on its salt marsh.

A fox visits the salt marsh.

A wetland biologist has helped us relocate the trail connection between Little Henry and the isthmus. This route will give visitors a whole new perspective on this beautiful and fragile salt marsh system while protecting the privacy of our adjacent neighbors.

Trail locations on map are approximate. A permanent trail system will provide access to beaches and viewpoints on the preserve while protecting natural values and neighbor privacy.

Henry Island residents and guests are invited to visit the preserve during this fundraising effort.

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