A Legacy Lives on in the Hylebos Watershed

By Lydia Bassett, EarthCorps

Where do you want to leave your mark?

John Eastman, a generous resident of Federal Way, had a special relationship with the Hylebos Watershed. There, a rich network of streams, wetlands, forests and open space surround the Hylebos Creek.

Hylebos creek empties into Tacoma’s Commencement Bay, in the south Puget Sound. The watershed lies primarily in Federal Way and stretches from south King County into Pierce County.

Since 1993, Friends of the Hylebos, a nonprofit organization supported by committed donors and volunteers, worked to protect and restore this precious resource. In 2011, Friends of the Hylebos joined forces with longtime partner, EarthCorps, to combine the strengths of both organizations. Mr. Eastman was involved with Friends of the Hylebos since 2001 and continued to support EarthCorps after the organizations became one.

By providing support for this area in his will, Mr. Eastman left a legacy through EarhtCorps that ensures future generations will be able to enjoy this unique natural area with a remarkable history.

Legacy Circle

EarthCorps’ Legacy Circle is a unique group of donors who support EarthCorps through a planned gift. A planned gift involves deciding what you want your legacy to be, how you want to make it, and who you trust to carry it out. The legacy you choose is very personal, as is the method of creating a planned gift that is unique to your circumstances and situation. Bequests, like that left by Mr. Eastman, along with gifts of retirement assets, life insurance, real estate, and other planned gifts are some of the sustaining and meaningful gifts you can make.  It is never too soon to start planning for the future.

If you would like to hear more about EarthCorps’ Legacy Circle, we’d love to hear from you! EarthCorps offers biannual information sessions about planned giving, in the spring and fall.  Please contact Lydia Bassett for more information.