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We’re Recruiting for Two Full-time AmeriCorps Habitat Enhancement Crew Members

Jefferson Land Trust is recruiting for two habitat enhancement AmeriCorps national service positions for full-time, 10-month engagements beginning in October 2023. The two habitat enhancement crew members will play an important role in the long-term conservation mission of Jefferson Land Trust by supporting the stewardship of lands in our care. The two crew members will […]

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Get Ready for Jefferson County Farm Tour: September 16 and 17

Jefferson County Farm Tour will return the weekend of September 16-17! Come celebrate local food, fiber, and farm-made products while exploring local farms and meeting the farmers who work hard to nourish our community. This year, fourteen local farms are participating (including a few of the 18 that you’ve helped protect forever with your support […]

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Great News! We Reached Our Fundraising Goal for the Quimper Wildlife Corridor Challenge!

We’re celebrating big news! Thanks to our amazing community and the support of public agencies, private foundations, and individual landowners, we’ve met the fundraising goal we set with the Quimper Wildlife Corridor Challenge to raise $3.14 million to protect up to 167 more acres of the corridor! This necklace of green provides essential wildlife habitat, […]

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New Accessible Trail at Illahee Preserve

A new, 150-ft-long accessible trail from the parking area to the picnic shelter at Illahee Preserve is ready for your feet and your wheels! With funding from Jefferson County’s Accessible Community Advisory Committee, our hardworking field crew and community volunteers installed the trail to the picnic shelter and a van-accessible parking spot earlier this month. […]

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Check It Out: Chimacum Ridge Featured on KPTZ’s Nature Now

Come with Nature Now host (and past Jefferson Land Trust Board member) Nan Evans to the forests of Chimacum Ridge as she talks with Jefferson Land Trust’s Stewardship Director Erik Kingfisher and his wife Jen Kingfisher about their family’s recent experiences living at the foot of the Ridge. In Episode #631, “A Family’s Experience on […]

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Aerial photo of Chimacum Ridge Community Forest by John Gussman

We’re Hiring a Community Forest Manager

Jefferson Land Trust is seeking a creative and self-motivated individual to become the Community Forest Manager for the Land Trust’s 918-acre Chimacum Ridge Community Forest. Our team members adhere to our mission and are committed to conservation, demonstrating a passion for protecting natural habitat, farmland, forests, and scenic open spaces. At Jefferson Land Trust, we […]

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Chimacum Commons Project Update: Olympic Housing Trust Launches Feasibility Survey

In 2014, the Land Trust purchased a 15.7-acre agricultural property in the heart of Chimacum, right around the corner from the Chimacum Corner Farmstand. We called this property “Chimacum Commons,” and had a threefold vision for the project: 1) to protect this valuable farmland in Chimacum Valley’s agricultural corridor, 2) to conserve and restore the […]

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Oh, What a Night: LandFest 2023

The Jefferson Land Trust team is still basking in the glow of LandFest! On Thursday, July 13, more than 300 community members came together for a magical evening at Finnriver Farm & Cidery to celebrate the power of local land conservation — and raised more than $273,000 to support the farms, fish, and forests of […]

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Jefferson Land Trust Awarded Cornell Grant for New Bird Monitoring Study

This summer, with the support of a $25,000 Cornell University grant and in collaboration with Kitsap County’s Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC), we’re excited to launch a new monitoring study on our nature preserves in which we’ll be recording and analyzing birdsong.  Mapping the presence of certain indicator bird species will help us determine whether our forest management […]

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Meet Our June Intern: Youth Corps Alumna Claire Moe!

During the month of June, Jefferson Land Trust got a big helping hand from intern superstar Claire Moe. Claire, who has just completed her freshman year at Colorado College, first got involved with the Land Trust last year, when she participated in our annual spring break Youth Corps paid internship for high school students. “When […]

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