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Short's family farm

Short Family Farm, Protected Forever!

Roger and Sandy Short have ensured their family land, one of Jefferson County’s largest active farms, will never be subdivided or converted from agriculture. Home to popular products like delicious 100% grass-fed beef and “Magical Soil,” this 254-acre farm is an important anchor of Chimacum’s agricultural economy and community.

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Planting a Seed

The return address read, “From the Magical Math Monkey Class.” We knew we were in for a treat.

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Volunteer at Snow Creek

Small Steps in Big Projects

Sometimes success is measured in hundreds or thousands of acres, and sometimes, a fraction of an acre can connect and preserve trails, neighborhood green spaces and habitat corridors.

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Dave Rugh

Volunteer Spotlight: Dave Rugh

Volunteer superstar Dave Rugh works hard and long to preserve and care for local places that matter. And we mean long. Last year alone, Dave put in hundreds of volunteer hours for the Land Trust. And this year he has taken on even more volunteer jobs with us.

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Duckabush River

A Legacy on the Duckabush

June brought 22 more protected acres of forested floodplain on the Duckabush River! This land connects to the 180 acres we have already preserved, for a total of over 200 acres of rich wildlife habitat in this important conservation corridor.

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Silver Reach Preserve Protected Forever

Silver Reach Preserve on the Big Quilcene River is protected forever as rich habitat for wildlife — as demonstrated by the signs of beaver on the property.

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Introducing Snow Creek Uncas Preserve

Jefferson Land Trust has protected another section of Snow Creek in the Discovery Bay watershed as part of a long-term project that is bringing back salmon and other aquatic species to the area as the natural environment is restored.

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Kid letter

Kids Learning on the Land

We just had a big smile delivered to us at the Land Trust when a package of thank you cards from Blue Heron Middle School eighth-graders arrived in the mail. These kids had just attended the last of five field trips this year through the Port Townsend School District’s place-based learning initiative.

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Duckabush River Preserve

New Duckabush River Preserve Links almost 40 Contiguous Acres

Fifteen acres nestled between our five-acre Duckabush Oxbow Preserve and our 22-acre Duckabush Wetlands Preserve have now been permanently protected as wildlife habitat, thanks to funding through the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Jefferson Land Trust volunteers, donors, and supporters who care about nurturing a landscape that sustains all living things.

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Fisher at Tarboo

Olympic Fisher Reintroduction Project

Last summer, we joined Olympic National Park, US Geological Survey, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and partners including Olympic National Forest, tribal entities, Conservation Northwest, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the Olympic Peninsula Fisher Reintroduction Project.

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