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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
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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!




Photo of Chimacum Ridge Community Forest from the air. Photo by John Gussman.

Chimacum Ridge Community Forest Update: Land Trust Purchases 853-Acre Chimacum Ridge

For more than a decade, Jefferson Land Trust has been working to protect Chimacum Ridge with the vision of establishing the Chimacum Ridge Community Forest. Thanks to outstanding support from generous donors, conservation partners, and granting agencies, we recently completed the purchase of 853-acre Chimacum Ridge from our partner EFM — the Land Trust’s largest […]


Land Trust Staff Members Complete In-The-Field Wildlife Track and Sign Certification

In late May, several Land Trust staff members completed an intensive two-day track and sign workshop on Land Trust preserves in East Jefferson County. This two-day field experience, which is both an assessment and a training, is offered by CyberTracker, an international organization recognized as the gold standard for tracker training and certification across North […]


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We’re Hiring a Field Assistant

Jefferson Land Trust is seeking a full-time Field Assistant. The Field Assistant will support the short- and long-term stewardship responsibilities of Jefferson Land Trust by implementing field-based activities that support the desired future condition of our protected properties. The full time (40 hours per week) non-exempt position includes benefits and is based out of our […]


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