Capitol Land Trust and the Griffin Neighborhood Association (GNA) have formed a unique collaborative joint venture to conserve special natural areas in the Steamboat Peninsula region. This effort is known as the Steamboat Conservation Partnership.
The mission of the Steamboat Conservation Partnership is “to conserve the rich and diverse natural landscapes of the Steamboat Peninsula region.” The Steamboat Peninsula region is defined as the Steamboat Peninsula in northwest Thurston County, as well as all other areas within the Eld Inlet and Totten Inlet watersheds, including the areas within the Kennedy, Schneider, Perry, and McLane creek watersheds. The priority area for focus of outreach is the portion of the region within the Griffin School District. Capitol Land Trust and the GNA agree that this natural environment provides important quality of life benefits to area residents and is essential for sustaining robust populations of native fish and wildlife.
Through the Steamboat Conservation Partnership, Capitol Land Trust shall engage in activities designed to conserve special natural areas in the Steamboat Peninsula region and that maintain connections between these lands through corridors useful for wildlife movement. Examples of special natural areas include marine shorelines, estuaries (including pocket estuaries), freshwater streams and riparian habitat, prairies, wetlands, and upland forests.
At its annual picnic earlier this month, Board members from the Griffin Neighborhood Association presented Eric Erler, Executive Director for the Capitol Land Trust with initial pledges of support.