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Whidbey Camano Land Trust needs help with $4.2 million land buy

Help the Whidbey Camano Land Trust preserve a forest and create a park. WCLT has an opportunity to purchase 664 acres (more than a square mile) of undeveloped forest for $4.2 million. The low price is because the property has been foreclosed upon. Still, it is a lot of money, that’s why WCLT needs our help. The goal is to get there by June 10. Located near the island’s center, it represents the largest tract of forest left in Island County. Why save it from becoming another development?

Recreation: The intent is to create a place for horses, bikes, hikes, birding, botany, tree forts and “capture the flag.”

Tourism: Whidbey’s chief attraction is its verdant, sea bound landscape. People do not visit us to see our commercial and housing developments.

To combat “nature deficit disorder”: As described in Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods,” the epidemics of childhood obesity, diabetes, ADHD and depression are contributed to by the lack of opportunities for children to play outdoors. Remember “tag, capture-the-flag and hide- and- seek,” how tiring and exhilarating they were? Nature play grows healthy bodies and brains. Something the future sorely needs more than ever.

Hay fever sufferers: Trees are the planet’s lungs. They absorb part of the 900 million tons of CO2 humans pump into the atmosphere every day, which, among other things, cause plants to grow more heartily. Do you think this year’s record pollen count is a coincidence?

Leave a legacy that will be testament to your sagacity. A place that you can point to when your children’s children ask, and say, “Yes, we saved it for you because you are us. Now pass it on”. Go to www.savetheforestnow.org to donate and find out more.

Gary Piazzon

Coupeville

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