MLK Day of Service: Trail Work at Barr Creek
Join Skagit Land Trust in a family friendly trail work event MLK Day in honor of Dr. King's legacy and his vision of a beloved, united community. Our work for this event will ensure continued enjoyment of this well loved trail which serves as a way for people to connect with and enjoy the beautiful natural areas of Skagit County. Skagit Land Trust purchased the Barr Creek property from Kermit and Doris Johnson in August of 2008 with a grant sponsored by the State of Washington through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The grant funded habitat conservation for endangered species and was matched by Skagit Land Trust. Skagit Land Trust affectionately named this spot after its former owner, Kermit Johnson: "Kermit's Woods". Over 100 feet of Barr Creek flow through this property and the additional acres further support of wildlife habitat. The maturing forests surrounding Barr Creek Conservation Area make this property ideal habitat for roosting bald eagles that winter along the Skagit River. As the forest matures it will serve as potential habitat for two other species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act: the marbled murrelet and the northern spotted owl. Barr Creek, also known as Swift Creek, flows from Sauk Lake across the northwest corner of the property. Less than a mile from the parking area, the Hegg - Benson trail leads up through deciduous forests to Barr Creek where bedrock geology creates cascading pools and waterfalls. The Hegg-Benson Trail, designed and constructed by Skagit Land Trust members and volunteers in 2009-2010, provides a short walk into this lovely conservation area. Join us with some trail building/light trail clearing, sign installation and overall trail maintenance work in this beautiful area. This event is family friendly and there will be a variety of work suitable for all abilities. More details and RSVP form at website below.