News & Events


Land Trust Office Temporary Closure Notification

For our community’s health and in compliance with Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home. Stay Healthy.” order, we have closed Jefferson Land Trust’s office to the public.

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Milling Lumber

Partnering for the Future with Wayland Constructive

Cody Wayland likes working with wood that has a story to tell. That’s why he, as the owner of Wayland Constructive, a creative full-circle woodworking shop with its own sawmill, is excited about Jefferson Land Trust’s vision to purchase the forested ridge above Chimacum in 2023 and transform it into a community forest that works […]

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Planting Trees at Snow Creek

Getting By With Lots of Help From Our Friends!

Thank You Volunteers! We’re continually humbled and amazed by the generosity of our community. Thanks to so many of you for sharing so much of your time and energy helping us achieve our mission. Thank you for spending more than 4913 hours of your valuable time in 2019 helping us accomplish so much! We couldn’t […]

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View of Quilcene Bay

The Conservation Bell – a Joyful Sound

When we get official notice that a new property deed has been recorded at the county, Sarah Spaeth, Director of Conservation and Strategic Partnerships, rings a special bell at Jefferson Land Trust’s office. This tradition, which started about 10 years ago, is our way of acknowledging and celebrating that another important place in Jefferson County […]

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Our Accreditation Renewal is Underway and You Can Help

National accreditation is a mark of distinction, showing that a land trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Accreditation is a voluntary program administered by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. Jefferson Land Trust first earned accreditation in 2009. We renewed […]

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Karen and Michael McKee

Generous Legacy Gift Will Make a Lasting Impact on Our Landscape

When Executive Director Richard Tucker answered the call from Michael McKee, he was astonished by the news he received. Michael was in the process of settling the estate of his late wife, Karen Rachel McKee — a former board member and longtime supporter of the Land Trust — and the Land Trust would soon be […]

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Tidelands to Timberline naturalist course alumni

A Great Turnout at the Tidelands to Timberline 2nd Alumni Reunion

Nearly 45 alumni of the Tidelands to Timberline natural history course, part of the Land Trust’s Northwest Naturalist Program, attended the second alumni reunion on Thursday, November 7. Alumni attending shared a potluck meal, caught up with fellow cohorts from their class year, met alumni from other class years, and enjoyed an informative and entertaining […]

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30th Anniversary Party

Lots of Guests and Loads of Fun at 30th Anniversary Bash

More than 150 guests attended our recent 30th Anniversary Celebration, held at the Old Alcohol Plant in Port Hadlock. After refreshments and a short welcome, guests who were gathered on the lawn overlooking Port Townsend Bay, were encouraged to share memories and stories from the land and many did. Read more about it and view […]

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Help Guide Our Work: Participate in a Brief Online Survey

Jefferson Land Trust is working on a strategic plan that will guide our work over the next five years (2020-2024). Our survey closed at midnight on Friday, November 1. Thanks to everyone who participated. We sure appreciate it! Our long-term success is fundamentally linked to community partnership. We’re currently updating our Strategic Plan to ensure […]

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Field Trip to Duckabush Oxbow and Wetlands Preserve

K-12 Educational Field Program is Growing Fast

The thank you notes and poems arrived soon after Port Townsend first and second graders visited Illahee Preserve to learn about salmon. Inside were messages filled with warmth and gratitude. “Thank you for the experience of being in the forest,” Addie H. wrote. “Thank you for saving the salmons,” said Laverna. “I loved being a […]

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