Thanks to amazing generosity from people in our community, two and a half more acres have been protected in the Quimper Wildlife Corridor.
The Quimper Wildlife Corridor is a greenbelt of native species, threaded with footpaths, which links a series of wetlands.
Just as the Wildlife Corridor has been a labor of love by many people since the project began in the 1990’s, the newly protected parcels were preserved through the big hearts and generous actions of people who care about the trails, woods, wetlands and wildlife of the “QWC” area. A local couple donated over an acre of forestland, which unlocked funding from Jefferson County Conservation Futures to purchase additional property that was on the market. Two of the selling landowners sold at a bargain price, which stretched our available funding far enough to protect a full 2.5 acres.
The Quimper Wildlife Corridor is a greenbelt of native forest, threaded with Cappy’s Trails, which connects a series of wetlands from Chinese Gardens in Port Townsend to Middlepoint, just outside the city limits. This area was platted for heavy development in the 1800’s, but its wetlands and floodplains aren’t conducive to development, and are important to preserve in a natural state for the natural stormwater drainage and filtration they provide. The small privately owned lots in this area can make conservation here a slow process. In fact, our community has been working to save this greenspace, which provides habitat for migrating newts and songbirds, for over 20 years. And it’s paying off: small success by small success, hundreds of acres in Port Townsend’s wildlife corridor are protected forever.
If you would like to explore the Corridor, pick up our brand new map of Cappy’s Trails and the Quimper Wildlife Corridor from the Land Trust office or the Port Townsend Visitor’s Center.