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Guemes Ferry Trail Project News

The Guemes Island Ferry Trail Committee (GIFT) is thrilled to announce that we now have signed legal agreements for trail access from all 3 private property owners along the route. The trail will be constructed in multiple segments, beginning at the southernmost end, along the Guemes Island General Store property. Planning for maintenance/improvements to the existing trail along the store property has begun and work will begin in the near future. Give a wave if you see our team hard at work as you drive by the store in the next few weeks!

Skagit-Whatcom-Island Trail Maintaining Organization (SWITMO) has generously offered the services of their excavator and operators. The GIFT committee and other island volunteers will round out the crew. We are extremely grateful for the community engagement and support this project continues to receive!

We’re still seeking financial donations!
County permits are underway for segments north of the existing trail along the store property. Donations to-date will help offset permitting fees, the purchase of materials, and additional equipment rental, as needed.

We’ve recently encountered a new financial challenge. Engineer drawings, required by the County permitting process, have been estimated as high as $8,000. We will pursue a lower cost alternative, if available. The trail budget is extremely tight and cannot absorb this estimated expense on top of other permitting and construction costs without additional funding. We need your help!

To donate, checks can be made payable to the Guemes Island Library and mailed to the library at 5293 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221. Please add 'Guemes Trail Project' in the memo field. To donate online click here. We want to thank our generous donors in advance for your tax-deductible donations.

We’re extremely excited to get started!

Again, we want to thank Skagit Land Trust and Jack Hartt, in particular, for working directly with the private property owners and their legal teams to secure the access agreements. Jack has also been instrumental as a liaison with the Skagit County Parks and the Public Works departments. Our thanks to these County organizations as well to the Linnemann family, Curt Omey, and the Humble family for their support in providing trail access along their properties.

With gratitude (and unbounded enthusiasm), 

Guemes Island Ferry Trail (GIFT) committee

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