Judd Creek, one of Vashon’s two major salmon-bearing creeks, starts its headwaters in Island Center Forest and flows south until it drains into Quartermaster Harbor. Judd Creek hosts both Coho and chum salmon, as well as cutthroat trout and the native freshwater Western pearlshell mussel. The creek winds through Paradise Valley, historically significant as the second-oldest homestead site on Vashon, when it was opened up as pasture land for the early settlers’ livestock. It retains its rural feel, as an area of the island still populated with grazing animals as well as large swaths of open meadow bordered by wooded buffer zones along the creek. Judd Creek provides excellent habitat for a wide array of both resident and migratory bird species and this watershed contains the best soils for high-level recharge to the island’s drinking water aquifer.