In June 2003, TPL successfully completed the first phase of the Lake
Easton conservation project, protecting 509 acres adjacent to the Lake
Easton State Park in Kittitas County. Conservation of this picturesque
area offers permanent wildlife protection for many endangered and
threatened species including the marbled murrelet, northern spotted owl,
gray wolf, grizzly bear, and bull trout.
Located in the scenic Central Cascades, the property is a popular
recreation destination with stretches of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail
weaving through its landscape. While the trail itself is protected as
Iron Horse State Park, portions of surrounding land – such as the Lake
Easton property – remain vulnerable to development. Twenty acres will
also be made available as a new snow park to allow outdoor enthusiasts
access to a broad network of trails.