Private Coastline Conservation Management: The Land Trust in the San Juan Islands, Washington

by Robert O. Myhr, San Juan Preservation Trust, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Waterfront land values in prime recreation areas like the San Juan Islands are very high. Local, state, and federal agencies have scarce resources for conserving the natural beauty of coastlines. Private land trusts provide a low-cost, effective alternative for coastline conservation. Conservation easements, donations of land, and other private land-transfer mechanisms allow for coastal protection at minimum public expense. The local community and the thousands of visitors who come to the Islands benefit from the conservation of the scenic landscapes and seascapes protected by private action. Land trusts, like The San Juan Preservation Trust, do offer one solution to maintaining natural and scenic coastline.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Shores | Land use | Islands | Water-based recreation | Federal government | Benefit cost ratios | Private sector | Washington | United States

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