Since its founding in 1989, the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust has been instrumental in the protection of sizeable areas of Vashon-Maury. Permanent protection has been created for more than 1,400 acres on 25 island preserves.
Acquiring this land has taken different forms, and the protection lies in various legal statuses. Many of the parcels were purchased by the Land Trust and then transferred to the Vashon Park District or to King County, while retaining conservation easements on these properties to ensure their permanent protection. A few of the parcels have been purchased by the Land Trust, which continues to hold ownership of them. Most of the larger projects, including Island Center Forest, the former Glacier site, and part of the Paradise Valley Preserve, reside in King County Dept. of Natural Resources Open Space Program. The Land Trust also holds conservation easements on several private properties. Finally, some parcels were donated outright to the Land Trust.
Click on a preserve to see more about each property.