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Preserving open space, working lands and habitat forever.

Jefferson Land Trust is an accredited, private, nonprofit, grassroots organization in Jefferson County, located on the stunning Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Save

Celebrating 30 years of community conservation in Jefferson County.



From the shoreline to the timberlands, we are protecting some of Jefferson County’s most fertile farmland, richest spawning grounds and busiest wildlife corridors. Come with us on a journey up the watershed!




Extending a Warm Welcome to Kate Godman

We’re thrilled to welcome our new Director of Philanthropy, Kate Godman, to the Land Trust’s development team!  In addition to her passion for the natural environment and conservation, Kate brings a wealth of experience and a track record of success to the Land Trust. A seasoned development professional, she’s skilled at managing donor relations, conducting […]


Paula McNees with her grandson

Welcome Paula McNees!

Please help us extend a warm welcome to Paula McNees, who recently joined the Land Trust team as our Finance and Administrative Assistant. With more than 20 years of accounting experience, Paula brings a set of valuable and versatile skills to the Land Trust. Paula and her family have lived in Port Townsend for more […]


Planting Trees at Snow Creek

Open Position with Veterans Conservation Corps, Land Conservation Intern

We are currently seeking candidates for to serve as our Land Conservation Intern through the Veterans Conservation Corps. Celebrating our 30th Anniversary in 2019, Jefferson Land Trust has a track record of high quality and innovative conservation work preserving habitat, working farms and forests in Jefferson County. The Land Conservation Intern fulfills the short- and […]


Gene Jones

“Tamanowas Rock-it’s the most sacred place… It’s the home of our ancestors. Our spirits are there.”

Gene Jones, Sr., Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Libby Atkins

“To think that a place as beautiful as this will be here, undisturbed, and get to grow into an old forest again…That’s a big, big, big idea.”

Libby Atkins, former Preserve Steward, for Illahee Preserve on Chimacum Creek
Crystie Kisler

“My husband’s family has been farming in Washington for five generations, and the working lands efforts of Jefferson Land Trust give us hope that our boys and other youth of this county will indeed have farmland to work if they so choose.”

Crystie Kisler, Finnriver Orchard
Dave Rugh

“The Olympic Peninsula is the crown jewel among America’s natural wonders and deserves careful attention to preserve what wildness is still here. Because Jefferson Land Trust is a leader in the conservation of a large part of the Olympic Peninsula, I have looked to the Land Trust for opportunities to help in the preservation of this wonderful environment.”

Jefferson Land Trust Affiliates

Natural History Society
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Quimper Geological Society