Land Trust Secures Crucial Foothills Property

Purchase of Lester Family Property Completes Sage Hills Protection

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust has just purchased 105 acres in the Sage Hills area of the Wenatchee Foothills from the Lester family. The Land Trust has been working to secure this property for eight years and is thrilled that it is now permanently protected for people and wildlife. This property was the only remaining gap in over 3,000 contiguous acres of protected wildlife habitat in the Sage Hills. The land was at risk of being developed into home sites, which would have cut-off access to the trail system from the street.

“This property was the only remaining section of the Sage Hills Trail that was not permanently protected,” said Mickey Fleming, Lands Program Manager for the Land Trust. “We are thrilled to complete this work with the Lester family. Once part of the Lester dairy, this land will now be protected for mule deer and community enjoyment forever.”

The property includes the southern entrance of the trail system and the first half-mile of the hugely popular Sage Hills trail. The Lester family has generously allowed the public to use the trail through their property for many years, however the trail’s continued use was very much in jeopardy without this purchase.

The Land Trust will transfer ownership of the land to the City of Wenatchee, subject to a binding agreement preventing future development, and will manage the land as part of the Sage Hills Trail in cooperation with the City. Half of the funding for the purchase was provided by the Land Trust’s Wenatchee Foothills Campaign, and the other half through a grant awarded to the City of Wenatchee from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is a local non-profit working to conserve our land, our water, and our way of life. The Land Trust has a 31-year record of working collaboratively with property owners and communities to identify and protect the region’s most important natural landscapes forever. For more information: www.cdlandtrust.org

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