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With its 34 acres of surrounding woodlands, streams, and salt marsh, the area known as Nick's Lagoon forms a complete ecosystem, providing habitat for some of the region's most sensitive salmon species. The community approached TPL to help prevent this area from being developed into residential subdivisions. The Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Department acquired the property, which will be used as a park and environmental education site.

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The $3.3 million grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will help protect 2,200 acres of habitat for several federally threatened or endangered species.

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This addition to the Mountains to Sound Greenway borders the Cedar River Watershed and provides habitat for several endangered species. Since 1983, TPL has helped protect more than 10,000 acres for the greenway, which will extend from the Cascade Mountains to Puget Sound.

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The property contains a significant stretch of Nason Creek, an important salmon-bearing stream near Leavenworth. TPL transferred the land to the U.S. Forest Service as an addition to the Wenatchee National Forest. Funding for the project came from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Emergency Acquisition Funds.

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The property is one of the few remaining private inholdings in the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area, a wildlife habitat area that is also popular for recreation. Transfer of land to the Department of Natural Resources is part of a long-term effort to help build the Mountains to Sound Greenway along Interstate 90 east of Seattle.

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TPL protected 4,716 acres in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. Highlights include: Eight checkerboard sections totaling 3,800-acres protected in Kittitas County and the protection of 370 acres of historic Tollgate Farm in King County.

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County Executive Ron Sims recognized TPL for its recent success in saving the historic 370-acre Tollgate Farm in North Bend as well as for its work preserving 1,700 acres on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River in its ongoing partnership with the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

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Development of the 22-acre McTavish Highlands property would damage wildlife habitat and fisheries while depriving the community of increasingly rare open space. TPL has been working with the landowners to find a conservation solution. Resources are needed to complete the transaction and convey the land to the Bellevue Parks Department.

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After successfully passing a $10 million open space levy this spring, the City of Boise has signed an agreement with TPL to work to conserve critical open spaces in the Boise Foothills. TPL will assist the city with public land acquisitions, applying its experience in negotiating land transactions, working with landowners and optimizing conservation finances and will also develop a revolving fund to leverage levy money with public and private funding.

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After a $3.5 million levy to save the property failed by a narrow margin in local elections, TPL received a pledge for a private donation to help save the historic farm. The City of North Bend also received final approval for a $750,000 grant from the Conservation Futures Program. With these additional resources, TPL was able to renegotiate a lower purchase price with the landowners, which will allow the city to appropriate bonds to buy the land.