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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


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!




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Conservation Breakfast 2024 highlights the cougars of the Olympic Peninsula

SAVE THE DATE! Conservation Breakfast: Thursday, March 14, 2024 • 9:00 – 10:30 am Join us for our annual gathering as we welcome Dr. Mark Elbroch, noted cougar biologist and Puma Program Director for Panthera, a nonprofit devoted to the conservation of the world’s 40 species of wild cats and the ecosystems they inhabit. Dr. […]


A Warm Welcome to our Newest Board Member: Ben Wilson!

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Jefferson Land Trust Board of Directors: Ben Wilson! Ben joins the Land Trust after a 35-year career in healthcare and technology, having started companies like BabyCenter, Consumer Health Interactive, and Together Senior Health and worked for multinational corporations including Intel and Citrix. He currently serves […]


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Plan to Make an IRA Charitable Contribution This Year

Help protect the landscapes you love while taking advantage of significant tax benefits! One way to support Jefferson Land Trust’s mission is through a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA. People who hold Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are required to take Required Minimum Distribution (RMDs) each year beginning at age 73 — even if they […]


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