Whatcom Land Trust to buy, protect wetland near creek

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has partnered with Whatcom Land Trust on a conservation project that would protect coastal wetland and the fish and wildlife who depend on it. The Bellingham Herald reported that the Whatcom Land Trust has received a $915,000 grant to buy and protect wetland along California Creek. The grant is expected to go toward a $1.3 million plan to buy four pieces of land along the creek that is a major tributary to Drayton Harbor near Blaine. With the new land purchase, Whatcom Land Trust will own about 53 acres at the mouth of creek where it empties into the harbor.