The Moritani Preserve, located at 542 Winslow Way W, is a project of the Fletcher Bay Foundation, a private family foundation, which purchased the 8.5- acre former strawberry farm in 2017. After over six months of intensive site restoration and trail construction, the Fletcher Bay Foundation donated the property to the Park District in September. The Park District will now maintain the Preserve as a quiet, tranquil green space for generations of Bainbridge Islanders to enjoy.
The Moritani Preserve looks pristine from the pathways. But as with many island parks, swaths of invasive plants like ivy, blackberry and holly thrive at the edges. Left unchecked, these weeds choke out the forest understory and hurt the fragile ecosystem.
A management plan addresses this challenge zone-by-zone, with restoration to be done by both volunteers and professionals over a 5-year timeline. The Park District will maintain the Preserve with routine mowing and cleanup, but they do not have the funds to carry the management plan to completion.
Now Moritani Preserve needs Friends who can support this plan with their volunteer time and their dollars, to continue the work already started by the Fletcher Bay Foundation. Join Friends of Moritani Preserve today, and help the stewardship of this beautiful green oasis in the heart of Winslow.
The numbers are really climbing on our Moritani Preserve restoration fund. Thanks to generous donations at the summer Moritani Community Picnic and after, we’ve reached the $10,000 we needed to match a challenge grant.
With the match in hand, we are now about two-thirds of the way to reaching the overall campaign goal of $35,000 by year’s end – funds that will support important environmental restoration work at the Preserve through the end of 2019. We are only $10,000 away from meeting our goal. Help us get over the top with a donation to Moritani Preserve today.