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PostTue Jun 08, 2021 2:56 pm 
Protected Habitat, for a Population of One

Fifty years ago, Marty Bluewater fought to keep his home among the nesting birds of Protection Island. Now hes fighting for the birds.

Mr. Bluewater, 72, is the only person to have a lifetime tenancy on the roughly 370-acre, two-mile-long island.

Mr. Bluewater, 23 in 1971, saw the island and fell in love. With help from his parents, he purchased land on a high bluff for $7,000.

The Nature Conservancy and other environmental groups fought development of the island, and in 1982, Protection Island was designated a National Wildlife Refuge. The landowners were offered buyouts, and the handful of those who had already built homes were offered residencies for 15 years, 25 years or lifetime use. Mr. Bluewater was the only one who chose the lifelong option.

The island is now closed to the public, and boats without special permission must stay 200 feet away from the shore.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/us/protection-island-washington.html?smid=url-share

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PostTue Jun 08, 2021 9:55 pm 
I'd had no idea that there were post-Refuge-establishment inhabitants.  What an incredibly fortunate person Mr. Bluewater is - essentially a lottery winner of sorts.  Sure makes me wish I could time-travel back to 1970 with $7K and get a life-long stake there too!   lol.gif

Thanks for posting!

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PostWed Jun 09, 2021 9:54 am 
Seattle Times picked up the story if you don't have a NYTimes account. Some good photos of a place you can't go to.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/protected-habitat-for-a-population-of-one/

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