The Land Bank Says Thank You!

Posted June 19, 2018 at 5:49 am by

Evelyn enjoys the trail around Zylstra Lake - Contributed photo

Islanders, thank you for “Get­ting Out­doors” and join­ing the Land Bank at our Zyl­stra Lake Pre­serve Open House last week­end. The response was incred­i­ble, with almost 200 vis­i­tors over the six-hour event, and on a busy June Sat­ur­day to boot! It was won­der­ful to see every­one enjoy­ing the prop­er­ty and to hear the community’s pos­i­tive remarks and ideas for the preserve’s future.

The Land Bank com­mis­sion­ers and staff appre­ci­ate your patience while we focus on learn­ing about the pre­serve and explor­ing part­ner­ships. While the pre­serve is not open to the pub­lic at this time, pro­vid­ing pub­lic access is a high pri­or­i­ty for the future.

Until then, the Land Bank will con­tin­ue to host spe­cial events such as open hous­es or guid­ed walks, in order to give Islanders the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it this phe­nom­e­nal prop­er­ty. A man­age­ment plan address­ing pub­lic access will be devel­oped start­ing late in 2019. While we will specif­i­cal­ly seek pub­lic input at that time, your ideas, sug­ges­tions, and ques­tions are wel­come at any time.

To stay apprised of Zyl­stra Lake Pre­serve events, or oth­er Land Bank hap­pen­ings, con­tact Tan­ja Williamson at or call 360–378-4402 to be added to the Land Bank’s email list.

Here are a few addi­tion­al pho­tos from SJ Update staff:

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