Sabra Noyes, a 66-year-old close to retiring from her job at the U.S. Navy Bangor Submarine Base in Silverdale, had been scouting for a place to retire for herself and her horses.
When she saw a 40-acre parcel near Oakville, her search ended. Even at first glance, Noyes knew the damaged acreage had potential. She could see through the clear-cut and past the “wall-to wall” fields of invasive 5-foot-high Canadian thistle.
And upon subsequently signing a conservation easement with the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust (CRBLT) in December 2016 she guaranteed her land would forever be conserved for generations of nature lovers to enjoy.
Susan Hoey Lees, a soil conservation technician with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, was impressed by Noyes’ dedication to restoring the native ecosystems on her property.
“Sabra’s work on the property has made a significant amount of progress at reducing the invasive and non-invasive weeds and getting a rather difficult-to-establish native grass to start re-establishing on the prairies,” Hoey Lees said.