Island Center Forest
Located in the center of Vashon Island, Island Center Forest is a 363-acre working forest and nature preserve that is managed to demonstrate sustainable forest management while protecting and restoring the health of the site's habitat. The property is owned and managed by King County Parks in collaboration with community partners who make up the Friends of Island Center Forest, a diverse group that includes the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, Vashon Forest Stewards, Vashon–Maury Island Audubon, equestrians, and outdoor enthusiasts, among many other community members.
Island Center Forest features various forest stands, the Mukai Pond and Meadowlake wetlands, and meadows and forms the headwaters of Judd Creek. Island Center Forest provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including more than 70 bird species.
There are more than nine miles of trails that are used by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. The wetlands are popular for bird watching and wildlife photography.
Trail length: 9 miles
Use: Hiking, equestrians, mountain biking, nature observation
Access: There is a parking lot and trailhead off of SW Cemetery Rd on 115th Ave SW. Parking is very limited on 115th Ave SW off of SW Bank Rd. You can access the trails just north of the transfer station on Westside Highway. Parking for horse trailers can be found at SW 188th St and 107th Ave SW.
Media Release, 06/09/14: "Tree thinning and harvest for forest health at two King County sites on Vashon-Maury Island"
Video: Forest Stewardship at ICF
Forest practice permit
Forest Thinning Bid
Amendment to Bid
FSC Certification of Island Center Forest
Carbon Sequestration and Reforestation at ICF
King County Forestry Program
Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust
Island Center Forest Site Management Guidelines (pdf) (2006)
1 - Locator Map
2 - Boundary with Orthophotograph
3 - Parcel Boundaries with Orthophotograph
4 - Contour Lines and Hillshade Map
5 - Soil Types Map
6 - Streams and Wetlands Map
7 - Ecological Types Map
8 - Roads, Trails, Access Points Map