The Kodiak community has prioritized the conservation of Termination Point for over 20 years. After years of negotiations, the 1028-acre property owned by Leisnoi, Inc. and known locally as Termination Point is now permanently conserved and available for the public to enjoy.
Great Land Trust, a non-profit founded by Alaskans for Alaskans with a mission to conserve the lands and waters essential to the quality of life and economic health of our communities, works with willing landowners, like Lesnoi, Inc. and other partners, such as the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, to make projects like this a reality in Southcentral Alaska.
The property boasts a trail system that winds through Kodiak’s iconic majestic old-growth forest, treating hikers to year-round majestic vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Termination Point is located within the Audubon Society-recognized Marmot Bay Colonies Important Bird Area (IBA), an area of global importance due to its unique bird habitat. Habitat for the estimated 108,472 seabirds in the eight colonies within the Marmot Bay Colonies IBA is threatened by habitat fragmentation as well as nutrient and water pollution. Hikers visiting the coastal trail on the newly-conserved property can see a Tufted Puffin colony located on the cliffs above the water.
Great Land Trust is grateful to have been able to play a lead role in this community effort to conserve a local treasure, said Molly McCammon, GLT Board Chair. “I’ve walked many of the trails at Termination Point in all seasons, and this is one of our premiere conservation accomplishments.”
By conserving the property, Leisnoi is not only granting public access to the property but also permanently protecting important habitat and ensuring that the property will never be logged or subdivided.
Jana Turvey, CEO of Leisnoi, Inc., grew up playing and recreating on the Termination Point property. She says, “Leisnoi is excited to give this gift to the community of Kodiak to continue to recreate and enjoy Leisnoi land in perpetuity.”
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will manage the land as a borough park. Leisnoi, Inc. was paid the full value of the land, benefiting its shareholders and the community. Turvey stated, “It is rewarding knowing that the land will be preserved forever. It is a win-win.”