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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.

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In partnership with the local Trust for Working Landscapes, TPL conserved nearly 3/4 of an historic farm property faced with possible subdivision and development.

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The U.S. Forest Service has been working to acquire historic mining claims scattered across the Mount Baker National Forest in Snohomish County. TPL purchased the land and mineral rights of the Hopeful Mine property and transferred them to the Forest Service. These 17 acres adjacent to the popular hiking area of Monte Cristo will provide additional walk-in access to the Henry Jackson Wilderness Area.

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Protected as a part of a long-term effort to conserve the I-90 corridor, this land adjoins the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area and secures a link to an existing 1,100-acre greenway parcel. TPL's partners in the project include the U.S. Forest Service, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, King County, and the Mountains to Sound Greenway organization.

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TPL, in partnership with King County, The Nature Conservancy of Washington, the Cascade Land Conservancy, and the Pacific Rivers Council, officially announced the availability of the "Conservation Priorities" report, which was first posted to the Web site in January 2001. The study identifies ten rivers and watersheds in the Puget Sound that are most critical for protection of endangered salmon and provides a blueprint for public and private regional conservation organizations to work together on salmon recovery efforts.

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This historic property in King County was slated for development as an office park and residential subdivision. The farm is a critical link in a 1,200-acre regional network of protected open space that includes magnificent wetland forests, an important natural reach of the South Fork of the Snoqualmie, and a healthy wildlife corridor used by elk, black bear, and cougar. TPL obtained an option to purchase the entire 400-acre property in three phases but can only proceed if public and private funding is secured.

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The Puyallup Tribe will call these 15 acres of bluffs, beach, and tidelands along Tacoma's north shore the Yowkwala Preserve, for the tribal word for "eagle."? Because these tidelands include eel grass beds--critical habitat for juvenile salmonids--the site was a priority acquisition for a multi-agency group working to restore fish and wildlife habitat. TPL negotiated with landowners, oversaw environmental cleanup, and transferred the land to the tribe.?

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The historic 400-acre Engle Farm offers stunning views over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains and is within the Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. TPL's transfer of the property to the National Park Service will permanently protect an important historical landscape and keep threatened farmland in agricultural production. Money for the project came from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Development is on hold at Lyle Point, Washington, as Native people hold fast to ancient traditions and a river town weighs its future.

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