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Project Update: Quimper Wildlife Corridor Challenge

Since 1992, Jefferson Land Trust has been working with partners and the community to protect one small parcel after another to build a ribbon of green that preserves the wetlands, wildlife, and popular trails of the Quimper Peninsula. In early 2021, we launched the Quimper Wildlife Corridor Challenge: an ambitious plan to protect up to […]

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Wetland Ecological Health Assessment: An Exciting Opportunity for Volunteers

Jefferson Land Trust is seeking volunteers for a hands-on, boots-on, first-time-ever opportunity. We need a number of people willing to take an active role in our upcoming wetland ecological health assessment. Through data collection on the land, the assessment will measure wetland health at Chai-yakh-wh Preserve, Duckabush Oxbow and Wetlands Preserve, Snow Creek Forest Preserve, […]

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Field Report: Jefferson Land Trust’s 2022 Youth Corps

During the week of April 4-8, Jefferson Land Trust’s 2022 Youth Corps interns spent their spring breaks undertaking a variety of key restoration projects across several of our nature preserves. Six high school students from Jefferson and Kitsap counties joined Land Trust Preserve Manager Carrie Clendaniel and Office and Preserve Assistant Cristina Villalobos, as well […]

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“Salmon School! What Will Happen Next?”: An Audiobook from Salish Coast Elementary First Graders

“Salmon School! What Will Happen Next?” is an audiobook by Ms. Stengel’s 2020-21 first grade class at Salish Coast Elementary. Inspired by their year-long project of raising salmon eggs (roe) in the classroom for eventual release into Chimacum Creek at Illahee Preserve, the story is about a student named Sam who finds himself transformed into […]

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2022 Port Townsend Woodworkers Show to Highlight Local Wood from Valley View Forest

Last year, as part of a selective timber harvest at Valley View Forest, Jefferson Land Trust offered a harvested tree, free of charge, to 16 local nonprofit, education, community, and Tribal partners to use in support of their missions. One of these partners was the SplinterGroup, who have been putting on the popular Port Townsend […]

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Congratulations to Robin Fitch on Seven Years of Board Service and a New Role at the Land Trust Accreditation Commission!

After seven years of dedicated and inspired service, our friend and colleague Robin Fitch has stepped down from the Jefferson Land Trust’s Board in order to train as a commissioner at the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTAC), an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance that is charged with ensuring that accredited land trusts are […]

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Jefferson Land Trust’s Sarah Spaeth to Teach Animal Tracking Class

In May 2022, Sarah Spaeth, Jefferson Land Trust’s Director of Conservation and Strategic Partnerships, will be teaching an “Intro to Animal Tracking” class through CedarRoot Folk School. This two-day, in-the-field workshop is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of and connection to our local lands and wildlife. This class will cover the fundamentals of […]

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Conservation Breakfast 2022 Offers Rich Food for Thought!

Earlier this month at our 2022 Virtual Conservation Breakfast, more than 300 community members joined us virtually for Listening to the Land: Understanding the Indigenous Landscape of Jefferson County. Guided by moderator David Brownell, Executive Director of the North Olympic History Center and a Land Trust Board member, special guest panelists discussed the past, present, […]

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Housing Solutions Network and the Share Our Spaces Campaign

According to the Washington Center for Real Estate Research, Jefferson County is one of the most expensive counties in Washington state. Rental vacancy rates in Jefferson County hover between zero and one percent, so even those with stable incomes can’t find available housing. Given this, it’s not surprising that housing is both an acute local […]

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Arlandia: 28 Acres of Mature Forest Protected

The Land Trust is pleased to announce that a recently completed conservation easement will forever protect Arlandia, a beautiful 28-acre forested property in the Tarboo Valley northeast of Quilcene. Arlandia contains a tributary to Tarboo Creek, and its mature native forest is abundant with healthy cedar, maple, alder, Douglas fir, and hemlock trees. Property owners […]

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