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Grant Funding Secured for Two Historic Farms: Hannan and Natembea Northwest!

We’re doubly delighted to announce that the Land Trust recently secured grant funding for conservation easements on Natembea Farm and Hannan Farm, which together total over 200 acres of prime farmland in Jefferson County. Every other year, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) accepts applications for farmland preservation grants. This grant program provides […]

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Conservation, Celebration… and Chocolate!

Recently, in the courtyard outside the Jefferson Land Trust office, our staff could be found hard at work, pens in hand, brows furrowed. This was serious business: chocolate selection for FutureFest, our online gala, coming up on July 8. This is not just any chocolate, but some of the world’s very best, sourced from all […]

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Photo of the Duckabush River by Robert Tognoli.

Local Poet’s Work Informed by Tidelands to Timberline Natural History Course

Jayne Marek wrote “River Triptych,” a poem in three connected parts, shortly after participating in the Land Trust’s Tidelands to Timberline natural history course in 2016. She and her husband Joe moved to Port Townsend in mid-2015. According to Jayne […]

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FutureFest Tickets Are Now on Sale!

On July 8 from 5:30 – 7 pm, FutureFest, our annual fundraising gala, will give us an opportunity to gather online to celebrate the power of community conservation. Early Bird tickets are on sale now. Master of ceremonies Luke Burbank will once again be our guide to an evening of online delights, games, and inspiring […]

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A Rare Opportunity for Local Wood

This week, Jefferson Land Trust began a selective timber harvest at Valley View Forest, a Land Trust-protected working forest in Chimacum. Valley View Forest is a pilot of community forestry: that is, a forest that’s managed for the “triple bottom line” of providing economic, ecological, and community benefits as identified by the local community. Valley […]

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Two adults and three children stand in the woods, examining plants and trees.

Learning on the Land: Adventures in the Quimper Wildlife Corridor

This past winter, as the pandemic restricted travel and kept kids home from school, many in our community sought refuge and connection in the natural spaces nearest to our own neighborhoods. If you went walking on the trail system (Cappy’s Trails) that winds through the Quimper Wildlife Corridor on a Monday in February, you might […]

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Happy Trails, Rebekah Korenowsky!

After more than three fantastic years with the Land Trust, our beloved Education and Engagement Manager Rebekah Korenowsky will be departing in early June to take on an exciting new role in online education and outreach with the Organic Seed Alliance, headquartered in Port Townsend. Please join us in congratulating her and wishing her the […]

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Photo of lush forest trail in Quimper West Preserve.. Photo by Wendy Feltham.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jane Guiltinan

When Jane Guiltinan relocated from Seattle to Port Townsend in 2017, she had just retired from a 33-year career as naturopathic physician — but some of her most important work was about to begin. Jane knew she wanted to spend much of her retirement supporting environmental conservation, and after more than three decades working indoors, […]

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Valley View Pilot Program to Begin Community Forest Harvest

Over the next few weeks, Jefferson Land Trust will be conducting a selective timber harvest at Valley View Forest, a Land Trust-protected working forest in Chimacum. The 65-acre Valley View Forest is the gateway to what will eventually become the 918-acre Chimacum Ridge Community Forest. This first harvest, conducted according to our management plan, will […]

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Public tour of forest operations on Chimacum Ridge

Chimacum Ridge Community Forest Project to Receive $3 Million from New State Program

The Washington state 2021-2023 state capital budget recently approved by Governor Jay Inslee includes $16.3 million for a new Community Forests Program administered by the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). In 2020, our conservation team applied for a $3 million grant from this new program to help us acquire the 853-acre Chimacum Ridge Forest […]

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