San Juan Preservation Trust and Land Bank outbid former Glenwood Inn property on Orcas Island

San Juan County Conservation Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust jointly submitted an offer to purchase the Glenwood Inn property on Orcas Island. The property includes a third of a mile of shoreline, which conservation partners would open to the public while protecting near-shore natural features to aid salmon recovery efforts.

The 58-acre former resort, located near Point Doughty on the northwest tip of Orcas, went up for sale on February 19. The Land Bank/SJPT partnership submitted an offer on Thursday, March 10, the last day of the vendor-specified tender. period. Their offer was based on a market analysis carried out by an independent consulting firm. We understand, however, that another party has improved our offer.

“We weren’t entirely surprised we were outbid, given today’s hyper-competitive real estate market,” said Angela Anderson, executive director of the Preservation Trust. “Of course we are disappointed, but we remain ‘in the game’ and hope that a conservation result can still materialize.”

“At the Preservation Trust and Conservation Land Bank,” she added, “we felt that we had to do absolutely everything we could to seize this rare opportunity to secure community access to the shoreline of Orcas Island, in addition to conserving critical habitat to support the salmon-killer whale food web.

Public access to salt water is notoriously rare on Orcas Island. Most of the island’s relatively few public beaches are small; For years, many members of the Orcas community have dreamed of a long stretch of shoreline available for public enjoyment and recreation. The former Glenwood Inn property offers a rare opportunity to make that dream a reality.

“Our offer to purchase has shown how much we recognize the importance of this property to the community on many levels,” said Land Bank Director Lincoln Bormann. “The northwest coast of Orcas is truly one of the most remarkable natural areas on the island, and indeed the entire county, and is an integral part of the tribal heritage of the Lummi Nation. Protecting it from development, restoring and conserving its natural character would be a step towards respecting this living history.

“In addition to the public shoreline access that the Glenwood property would provide,” said Barbara Rosenkotter, board member of the Preservation Trust, “this site has been identified as a priority location to protect for conservation efforts. salmon The littoral zone provides an important nursery ground for young salmon The shoreline supports extensive eelgrass beds, which provide habitat for forage fish as well as juvenile salmon All are important links in a healthy ocean ecosystem Salish and essential to the survival of our southern resident killer whales.

The ultimate fate of the Glenwood property remains uncertain.

“As Yogi Berra said, ‘It’s not over until it’s over,'” Land Bank’s Bormann joked. “Until the deed is registered in the name of another buyer, we remain hopeful that this tremendous opportunity for community conservation can continue on our way.”

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