Walter and Ruth MacGinitie, San Juan Island

Ruth Walter MacGinitieWalter and Ruth MacGinitie
San Juan Island
2013 Stewardship Award Winner – Shoreline Stewardship Category

Walter and Ruth MacGinitie of San Juan Island have taken loving care of their waterfront property, which was purchased by Ruth’s parents in the 1950’s.  To ensure the natural values that they love stayed that way in perpetuity, in 1998 and again in 2009, Walter and Ruth donated conservation easements on a portion of the property that ultimately protects over 2,300 feet of shoreline, beautiful pocket beaches, rocky knolls resplendent with wildflowers, remnant Garry oak habitat, fields, and forest.  Their land is a haven for a large variety of island wildlife.  They remarked at the time of their donations that “There is so much to love; the sound of whales and oystercatchers along the shore, watching sandpipers and otters in the coves, looking across the straits to the Olympics.  More than anything, it’s the sense of wildness and quiet that we treasure.  It’s a feast for the eyes, ears, and spirit.”  Now if that doesn’t demonstrate a stewardship ethic, we don’t know what does!