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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!




30th Anniversary Party

Lots of Guests and Loads of Fun at 30th Anniversary Bash

More than 150 guests attended our recent 30th Anniversary Celebration, held at the Old Alcohol Plant in Port Hadlock. After refreshments and a short welcome, guests who were gathered on the lawn overlooking Port Townsend Bay, were encouraged to share memories and stories from the land and many did. Read more about it and view […]


Help Guide Our Work: Participate in a Brief Online Survey

Jefferson Land Trust is working on a strategic plan that will guide our work over the next five years (2020-2024). Our survey closed at midnight on Friday, November 1. Thanks to everyone who participated. We sure appreciate it! Our long-term success is fundamentally linked to community partnership. We’re currently updating our Strategic Plan to ensure […]


Field Trip to Duckabush Oxbow and Wetlands Preserve

K-12 Educational Field Program is Growing Fast

The thank you notes and poems arrived soon after Port Townsend first and second graders visited Illahee Preserve to learn about salmon. Inside were messages filled with warmth and gratitude. “Thank you for the experience of being in the forest,” Addie H. wrote. “Thank you for saving the salmons,” said Laverna. “I loved being a […]


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
Quimper Geological Society