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Maury Island now a King County Park

Finally, thanks to the work of so many people, this land will be a place for our children and their children to gaze across Puget Sound to the shoulders of Mount Rainier, to enjoy the natural wonders of our inland waters, from tiny crabs to majestic Orcas.

For a dozen years, environmental advocates have been in dispute with a mining company about a proposal to mine this property – the longest stretch of undeveloped Puget Sound waterfront remaining in King County. If mined, we would have lost the once-in-a-lifetime chance to protect this natural beach, wild madrone bluffs and network of trails. 

WEC, along with our partners Preserve Our Islands and People for Puget Sound, has been involved in efforts to protect Maury Island even before it was first established as an aquatic reserve. It's been a challenging road with many twists and turns and a number of victories, including a 2009 ruling by a federal judge that stopped any further construction of a dock facility and, more recently, working with Senator Sharon Nelson to obtain $15 million of state funding for the purchase.

Finally, thanks to the work of so many people, this land will be a place for our children and their children to gaze across Puget Sound to the shoulders of Mount Rainier, to enjoy the natural wonders of our inland waters, from tiny crabs to majestic Orcas.

The milestone agreement between King County, the mining company and Cascade Land Conservancy finally took us over the finish line. Through dedicated conservation funding from the state government and King County and private donations the dollars have been raised to purchase this iconic bluff and beach property. 

Over the years, so many people have worked to help protect Maury Island and its precious nearshore habitat. Thanks to all of you for your commitment to our quality of life and our legacy in Puget Sound. 

Read more about this victory in the Vashon Island Beachcomber.

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