Black River (CE)
The Chehalis River Basin Land Trust protects three continuous easements on the Black River. These easements are part of the Black River floodplain, which is richly vegetated and has five different habitat types.
The Black River Conservation Easement properties preserve extensive wetlands — forested, scrub-shrub, and a seasonal stream and pond. They also protect wetlands and larger trees on an old raised railroad bed. Wildlife includes beaver, deer and other small mammals, songbirds, woodpeckers, ducks and a variety of reptiles and amphibians.
The Black River is a major tributary to the Chehalis River. These lands were logged 50+ years ago, and have now become protected to prevent sensitive wetland habitat from becoming degraded from further development.
Another local land trust, The Capitol Land Trust, has easements to the west. Many partners, including the United States Fish and Wildlife and local homeowners, are working together to protect this ecologically sensitive area.