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Farm Preservation News: Kawamoto Farm Protection Has Begun

Jefferson Land Trust is pleased to announce that protection is underway for Kawamoto Farm, a historic dairy north of Quilcene owned and farmed by the Japanese American Kawamoto family for the last 100 years. Private donations and recently secured Navy REPI (Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration) funding — like that used to protect Ruby Ranch, […]

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Photo of Bald Eagle and two eaglets in nest by John Gussman.

Local Photographer Shares Stunning Photos of Young Bald Eagles

In addition to working with us on a variety of videos, John Gussman of DoubleClick Productions often generously shares his photos, like the one above that features a fledgling Bald Eagle and a fledgling hummingbird. John said that according to some people who regularly monitor the nest location, both birds had […]

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Partner Spotlight: Kristin Manwaring Insurance

Where does Jefferson Land Trust end and our community begin? It’s impossible to say. A network of volunteers, donors, board members, and business partners sharing resources, knowledge, and a whole lot of heart allows us to keep working to preserve land in Jefferson County for the benefit of all who live here. Kristin Manwaring of […]

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Riding Mower to Retire; Replacement Sought

The Land Trust would very much like to wish a happy retirement to our old red riding mower. After many years of maintaining the property at Illahee Preserve for the community’s enjoyment, the mower is more rusty than trusty, so we’re currently seeking the donation of a replacement riding mower. “I think it was probably […]

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Fest Fun 2021

Imagining a Stronger, Brighter Future Together! It was delightful to celebrate with so many of you online at FutureFest. Together, we raised more than $170,000 to protect the farms, fish, and forests of Jefferson County forever, and the gifts are continuing to come in. Thank you so much for your support! The links to high-resolution […]

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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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