Building Resilience with Natural Adaptations to Change – case studies

Bainbridge Island, located in the heart of Washington’s Puget Sound, is known for its rural character, thriving arts culture, and close proximity to the City of Seattle. A short ferry trip away from Seattle, Bainbridge Island is home to families and individuals who share an appreciation of the Island’s unique natural features. Bainbridge Island offers opportunities to engage in a wide range of outdoor recreation – from hiking or biking along an extensive network of trails to kayaking throughout the various harbors and inlets. Because of their idyllic location, Bainbridge has been experiencing increasing development pressure, especially along their 53 miles of shorelines. The Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT) was started in 1989 by a group of residents who were concerned about balancing growth and conservation needs on this 65 square mile island. The Bainbridge Island Land Trust’s work exemplifies efforts to preserve the many values inherent in the rural Pacific Northwest landscapes and wildlife of this region.