Groups join forces to protect natural areas of Puget Sound

OLYMPIA, Wash. _ Capitol Land Trust, a conservation group, has formed an alliance with the Griffin Neighborhood Association to preserve special natural areas in the Totten and Eld inlet watersheds.

Members of the neighborhood group, primarily residents of the Steamboat Island Peninsula, will be asked to donate $15,000 a year for the next five years to support land trust efforts to secure shorelines, wetlands and other environmentally sensitive land in a rapidly developing area.

“There’s a sense of urgency on the peninsula,” resident David Shuett-Hames said. “A lot of the larger parcels have been broken up into developments. We need to get this going while opportunities to preserve land are still there.”

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