As part of our continuing efforts to conserve the unique natural setting surrounding Wallowa Lake, we are pleased to announce that we are now official members of Wallowa Lake Village! Thanks to the generosity of the Wiggins family, Wallowa Land Trust now owns 34 acres at the south end of Wallowa Lake.
The property was donated to the Land Trust in September 2022 by Brett Wiggins, Eric Wiggins, Christopher Wiggins, Tony Wiggins and Cathy Wiggins-Graybeal. This property had been in the Wiggins family for several generations and the family wanted to honor the wishes of their grandmother, Irene Wiggins. Irene loved this area and would be delighted to know this property is now conserved, to be managed for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.
Image taken from the Wiggins property, overlooking the Eagle Caps.
The property is steep and thickly forested, surrounded by the East Moraine Community Forest on three sides. Noxious weeds are minimal and the forest is in good health despite being overgrown. Many animals pass through the property as they make their way down from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest to the valley floor. “We are honored to receive this generous gift from the Wiggins Family,” said Kathleen Ackley, Wallowa Land Trust’s Executive Director. “The growing mosaic of protected properties surrounding Wallowa Lake means continuity of healthy habitat for generations to come.”
This project was made possible by the Wiggins–Graybeal Family, the Bergstrom Foundation and individual donors like you.
Image taken on a site tour of the Wiggins property.