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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

Thanks to You, We'll Create a Preserve on Marrowstone Island!

Proposed Preserve Outline

Thanks to the generosity of our community, our funding goal was achieved as of October 4, 2018, more than a week before our deadline! Next steps: close on the property and begin creating the preserve.

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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!




Thanksbuilding Bench Assembly a Rousing Success!

A team of wonderful volunteers brought their tools, expertise, can-do attitude, and willing spirits to our recent Thanksbuilding Bench Assembly Work Party. Together, they created five new benches that will soon be installed at nearby Land Trust nature preserves for all to enjoy. As an added bonus, the team also sharpened the Land Trust’s hand […]


Holly Removal Reveals a Hidden Treasure

When volunteers Don Englebach, Michael Everitt, Nancy Frisch, Pamela Murphy, and Ann Owsley attended a stewardship work party in late October, they knew they’d be removing invasive English holly. What they didn’t know was that their hard work at the Snow Creek Uncas Preserve would be rewarded with a hidden treasure. After removing a thick stand […]


Duckabush Riparian Forest Preserve

A Monumental Cleanup at Duckabush Riparian Forest Preserve

Protected in late 2015 by the Land Trust in partnership with Trust for Public Land, the Duckabush Riparian Forest Preserve includes 140 acres of vibrant, forested wildlife habitat along the Duckabush River. Unbeknownst to anyone, a portion of the property had been used to dump a substantial amount of trash over several decades. Fortunately, some […]


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
Accreditation BIG
JLT Geology Group