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Join Us for the Shaping a Legacy Educational Seminar!

Have you been meaning to review (or begin) your estate plans? If so, please join us for Shaping a Legacy, an online educational seminar with attorney Alexandra (Xan) Gerson. The seminar will be on Zoom on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from noon – 1:00 pm. Xan Gerson is an estate planning attorney with Metis Estate Planning, who has additional expertise in philanthropic advising […]

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We’re Hiring a Development and Administrative Assistant!

Jefferson Land Trust is seeking an experienced, collaborative, detail-oriented professional as our Development and Administrative Assistant.

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Sarah Spaeth and Bear Marks on a Tree. Photo by Jessica Plumb.

Congratulations to Sarah Spaeth on Becoming a Certified Track and Sign Specialist!

Sarah Spaeth, Director of Conservation and Strategic Partnerships for the Land Trust has taken her love of wildlife tracking to the next level. In October, she became one of five women and less than 50 North Americans to be recognized as a certified Track and Sign Specialist. To do so, Sarah underwent a rigorous evaluation […]

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Ernest and Marilyn Karlstrom: A Legacy of Service, Generosity, and Passion for the Natural World

On a lovely Autumn morning in Port Townsend, Kris Karlstrom dropped by the uptown office of Jefferson Land Trust. His nonchalance concealed a serious purpose. “I had never met anyone from the Land Trust; they didn’t know me,” recalls Kris. “I had been researching all the great sites around here that the Land Trust protects. […]

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Valley View Forest Opens to the Public!

We’re very pleased to announce the opening of 65-acre Valley View Forest in the heart of Chimacum. Once you arrive, you’ll find sunlight (hopefully!) shining through the yellow fall foliage of towering bigleaf maples and the green boughs of western red cedar and Douglas fir. There are new trails to explore that weave through […]

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Fresh Local Food. Credit Chrissie White.

Olympic Peninsula Farmers Fund Offers Second Round of Funding

We’re pleased to share the good news that the Olympic Peninsula Farmers Fund has opened a second round of funding to distribute more than $70,000 in pre-purchase contracts to local farms impacted by Covid-19. Thanks to your support of our Strong Farms, Strong Farms appeal earlier this year, the first round of funding awarded contracts […]

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Robert Tognoli in the Duckabush River

Celebrating Our Conservation Champions!

Every year we’re amazed at the amount of volunteer time our community donates to help us protect and care for the land. We wondered how this volunteerism would be affected by the pandemic, with our office closed to the public and volunteer work parties canceled during the spring and limited this summer and fall. However, […]

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Celebrating an Additional 25 Acres at the Duckabush Riparian Forest Preserve

Jefferson Land Trust has been working on conservation projects along the Dosewallips and Duckabush Rivers since the mid-90s. In 1994, long-time locals, Vern and Ida Bailey donated a conservation easement on their 187-acre property on the Dosewallips River, our first project in the area. That act alone protected a significant portion of beautiful open space […]

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Jefferson Land Trust Receives Conservation Seal of Approval

We’re proud to share that Jefferson Land Trust has been re-accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance). The accreditation seal, which we’ve been able to proudly display since 2009, is a mark of distinction in the land conservation community. It’s awarded to land trusts that meet the […]

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Enjoy a Delicious Local Pairing and Be Part of Our Fall Harvest Dinner Challenge

Pairing Up for a Fall Harvest Meal Midori Farm’s award-winning krauts can take any meal from drab to fab. For some seasonal inspiration, we asked Finnriver Farm & Cidery Head Cidermaker, Andrew Byers to suggest pairings of his cider with each of Midori Farm’s savory kraut flavors. His pairings are listed below and we’ve also […]

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