The Whidbey Camano Land Trust recently welcomed two new members to its board of directors.
Sally King of Greenbank and Cathy Darracott of Freeland joined the board in January.
King recently retired from the King County Department of Natural Resources, where her work focused on conservation planning, restoration, acquisition and management. She also worked with rural property owners to develop forest stewardship and farm plans.
After visiting Whidbey Island for decades to enjoy its natural beauty, King bought a home in Greenbank in 2009.
Darracott is a former Certified Public Accountant and retired business owner. An outdoor enthusiast, she first learned about the Land Trust during the “Save the Trillium Forest” campaign and got involved in fundraising for the project.
Trillium Community Forest is one of the Land Trust’s most celebrated success stories.
In 2010, during the height of the recession, $4 million was raised from more than 1,500 donors in only seven months to protect the largest contiguous forest in private ownership on Whidbey Island.
The effort protected 654 acres of forest, eliminating the possibility of development atop a ridge north of Freeland.
“That was such a great piece of property,” Darracott said. “I thought if we could save that, that would be awesome.”
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that actively involves the community in protecting, restoring and appreciating the important natural habitats and resource lands that support the diversity of life on our islands and in the waters of Puget Sound.