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iconWelcome to Jefferson Land Trust

Helping the community preserve open space, working lands and habitat forever

Jefferson Land Trust is a private, non-profit, grass-roots organization. Our mission is to help the community preserve open space, working lands and habitat in Jefferson County on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

Small Steps in Big Projects

photoHere in Jefferson County, we have the best of both worlds. Our corner of the globe still retains vast undeveloped forests, open spaces and wildlands, and it also hosts vibrant urban and rural human communities. And our land conservation goals vary according to these different contexts. Sometimes success is measured in hundreds or thousands of acres, and sometimes, a fraction of an acre can connect and preserve trails, neighborhood greenspaces, and habitat corridors.

Thanks to all the community supporters who make local land conservation a priority, together we can celebrate small but significant springtime successes on two local long-time conservation priorities.

"SCUP 2"

Nearly nine more acres on Snow Creek are protected forever through a combination of ... more »

Introducing Upper Snow Creek Forest Preserve

photoWe are celebrating a great success for salmon in Snow Creek! The Land Trust has just purchased a beautiful 73-acre expanse of stream, forest and wetlands as part of the long-term conservation partnership protecting and restoring salmon habitat in streams leading to Discovery Bay.

Funding for the purchase of Upper Snow Creek Forest preserve was provided by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Jefferson County Conservation Futures Fund. The initial site assessments and funding applications that opened the door to this success were made possible through donations from our supporters.

Snow Creek provides spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead, cutthroat, coho, and historicically, for summer chum salmon as well. Bear, d ... more »

Partnership Provides Window of Opportunity to Secure Chimacum Landmark

photoA collaborative venture between Rayonier, Ecotrust Forest Managment, and The Trust for Public Land has successfully completed the first phase of work to conserve a central and defining feature of the Chimacum landscape. Chimacum Ridge is the highly-visible forested ridge located between Center and Beaver Valleys, right in sight of the Chimacum Crossroads. After years of work, we have put a partnership in place that will enable the 850-acre property to be protected from development.

Chimacum Ridge consists of most of the upland forest between Center and Beaver Valleys. The 850-acre property begins just south of the Chimacum crossroads and extends for approximately two and a quarter miles between Center and Beaver Valleys.

“This project shows how innovative and collaborati ... more »

 

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