Janet Strong of the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust was featured in this month’s “Watershed Heroes” stories. Read more on Grays Harbor Talk.
“To date, the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust has easement compacts with several Chehalis Basin properties encompassing approximately 2,400 acres. It also owns other parcels of land with total area of about 1,600 acres.
‘Most landowners have altruistic motives in setting up easements,” Strong said. “They don’t want to see their land sold and divided into housing sites, and they can accomplish this through these agreements. Landowners gain the satisfaction of knowing the land they worked so hard to conserve will be protected long after they are gone.’
Strong, too, is among the landowners who have easements on their properties. Seven acres of her 9-acre McCleary property is under easement protection through the Trust. Another 34 acres she owns on the east Hoquiam River is protected in that fashion, too — 10 acres through the Trust, the other 24 conserved through the Natural Resource Conservation Service.”