News & Events


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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Photo of Sarah Spaeth admiring bear marks on a tree at the Duckabush River. Photo by Jessica Plumb.

Sarah Spaeth Will Speak at the North American Wildlife Tracker Conference

    Sarah Spaeth, the Land Trust’s director of conservation and strategic partnerships, will be leading a session at the North American Wildlife Tracker Conference in late April. Sarah feels that her introduction to wildlife tracking in 2012 was extremely impactful. “My conservation work has been deeply enriched by studying wildlife tracking over the last nine […]

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Quimper Wildlife Trail Photo

We’re Sharing a few Conservation Breakfast-Inspired Recipes!

Looking for a fun recipe to enjoy during tomorrow’s Conservation Breakfast? For anyone wanting to get a little fancy with a beverage or a locally inspired scone for Conservation Breakfast, here are a few ideas… Corridor Coffee We’re encouraging any coffee lovers who want to get a bit fancy to brew up this herbaceous coffee […]

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Quimper Wildlife Trail Photo

Reserve Your Spot Today for the 2021 (Virtual) Conservation Breakfast!

Sign up to join us online for Wildlife, Wetlands, and We the People: Protecting the Quimper Wildlife Corridor on March 18 from 9 – 10:30 am. Together we’ll explore the wild green corridor that stretches across Port Townsend from Fort Worden to Middlepoint, and its impact on wildlife and our community. We’ll celebrate 25 years of community dedication […]

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Kristen Gerrish Photo

Welcome Kristen Gerrish!

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Kristen Gerrish, the newest member of the Land Trust team. As half-time Development and Administrative Assistant, Kristen will work to build support for the Land Trust’s mission and help keep our organization running smoothly. Kristen is passionate about positively impacting her community and enriching the lives […]

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