Bill and Joan Scott, a retired couple with a home in Seattle, have always been thoughtful stewards of their 40-acre wooded hillside property overlooking the Teanaway River valley near Cle Elum. With a desire to protect it in perpetuity, they approached the Land Trust about donating a conservation easement.
In December 2002 the easement was completed, and the property is now permanently protected, with a two-acre portion set aside for the Scotts’ existing cabin and a potential future home site. Thirty-five acres of the property has previously been managed and approved as designated forestland, utilizing a Forest Management Plan created for the parcel. The conservation easement addresses future forest management issues by identifying specific objectives and desired outcomes of forest management. True to its name, the majority of the forest consists of second growth Ponderosa pine with some Douglas fir. The habitat is perfect for elk, mule deer, black bear, and may species of birds. CDLT is pleased to support the Scott’s stewardship and preservation goals.