Trees at Valley View Forest

Valley View Forest in Chimacum, opened in October 2020, offers the perfect location to apply our learning. Read more and find directions here.

Discovering the Forest

Valley View Forest

Sun streaming through the trees at Valley View Forest

Forest ecosystems are characterized by fascinating relationships between wildlife, plants, trees, water, and air. Add human use and economies into the mix, and the dynamics at play become even more complex.

In the Discovering the Forest virtual learning program, we set out to explore these interconnections and ask, how does a community forest thrive for the good of all? Our goal was to come together as a community to deepen our shared understanding of forests and what a community forest be, helping us shape our vision for the Chimacum Ridge Community Forest.

Throughout the program, a variety of community members shared their knowledge about the plants, trees, animals, and birds that call forests home — and highlighting the ways we benefit from forests and can better steward their abundant resources for the future. Check out the videos below to see what we learned about forest health, forest management, forest benefits, the vision for a community forest on Chimacum Ridge, and the selective timber harvest at Valley View Forest.

Winter 2020-21 Virtual Learning Series

The winter 2020-21 Discovering the Forest virtual learning series ran included four sessions and focused on forest health, forest management, forest benefits, and our vision for a community forest on Chimacum Ridge.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Part 1: How do we know a forest is healthy? We’ll look closely at the forest’s plant and animal biology and learn to identify signs of strength and resilience.

Includes presentations by biologist Geoff Hammerson and salmon enthusiast Linda Dacon.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Part 2: How can we help forests be healthy? We’ll learn how stewardship and responsible forest management can impact forests and support their growth.

Includes presentations by  Carrie Clendaniel, Jefferson Land Trust Preserve Manager and David Brownell, Historian at Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Part 3: How can healthy forests help us? We’ll talk about the potential human benefits of forests from a variety of perspectives such as economic, cultural, artistic, and educational.

Includes presentations by Betsy Davis and Sean Koomen from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Tim Lawson from the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Maureen Walrath, community member, willow weaver and interdisciplinary artist.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Part 4: What is our vision for a community forest on Chimacum Ridge that benefits both people and forests?

Includes presentations by David Moskowitz, photographer and wildlife tracker, and Erik Kingfisher, Jefferson Land Trust Stewardship Director.


Fall 2021 Virtual Learning Series

The fall 2021 Discovering the Forest virtual learning series included three sessions and focused on the selective timber harvest at Valley View Forest.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Part 1: Before Harvest Virtual Learning Session – Forest Health and Tree Selection

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Part 2: During Harvest Virtual Learning Session – Timber and Cedar Bark Harvesting

Wednesday, November 10

Part 3: Post-Harvest Virtual Learning Session – Forest Health and Community Impact

And to get an inside look at community forestry at Valley View Forest, check out this podcast from KPTZ’s Nature Now program. Host Nan Evans met Jefferson Land Trust’s Stewardship Director Erik Kingfisher and Preserve Manager Carrie Clendaniel at Valley View in June to discuss how community forestry is unlocking ecological and human benefits in Jefferson County.

Listen to the podcast here >>