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Photo of Western redcedar wood grain

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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Photo of a volunteer marking a wildlife habitat tree at Valley View

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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Photo of lush greenery in Quimper West Preserve.Photo by Wendy Feltham.

Generous Family Gift Supports Quimper Wildlife Corridor Challenge

For nearly 30 years, Paul Becker and his family enjoyed walking the wilderness trails of Jefferson County. After Paul was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, their daily nature walks became a welcome balm. This past month, two years after his passing, Paul’s family decided to make a family gift to Jefferson Land Trust’s Quimper Wildlife […]

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Photo of staff member Lilly Schneider smiling from inside a hollow tree.

Welcome Tali Hamilton and Lilly Schneider!

Please join us in welcoming not one, but two new staff members to brand-new positions at the Land Trust: Tali Hamilton, Stewardship Assistant, and Lilly Schneider, Communications Coordinator! As our half-time Stewardship Assistant, Tali will work with the Stewardship Team, Land Trust partners and landowners, and our incredible volunteers to monitor and support the management […]

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Fall afternoon sunlight through the trees

Land Trust Conservation Burial Program Receives Board Approval

We’re excited to report that our Board of Directors recently granted approval for the Land Trust to move forward in creating a conservation burial program. For a number of years, we’ve been investigating the potential for creating a conservation burial program here in Jefferson County. A working committee made up of board members, volunteers, and […]

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Aerial view of the Quimper Wildlife Corridor. Photo by John Gussman.

Conservation Breakfast Showcases Voices from the Community

Quimper Wildlife Corridor Challenge Video produced by John Gussman. Earlier this month, at Conservation Breakfast, we were thrilled to celebrate 25 years of protection of the Quimper Wildlife Corridor with more than 275 Zoom guests. Guided by Nan Evans of KPTZ’s Nature Now, special guest speakers explored the importance of the corridor for wildlife and […]

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