The Zarnowitz Preserve, purchased in
2003, is a flat and forested three-acre parcel located 130 feet from Lake
Whatcom, near Mill Wheel Creek at the end of Oriental Avenue. This property
is bordered on the west by the city-county line and on the east by a
seasonal stream and riparian corridor.
Although the land is in the UGA and is zoned for high-density development,
with its inclusion in the Watershed Acquisition Program it is now slated to
remain a fully forested tract. The City’s conservation objectives for the
property are in keeping with the original owner’s efforts to maintain the
parcel in a natural state where invasive plants and trash are regularly
Of additional benefit is the Preserve’s general proximity to both Bloedel
Donovan and Euclid Parks, which gives some continuity to the existing forest
and native cover. As the Zarnowitz Preserve functions together with the
other undeveloped land in this urban area, it will help sustain the natural
character of the region and contribute to improved water quality.
- .96 acres; 2 units removed from development