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Holly Removal Reveals a Hidden Treasure

When volunteers Don Englebach, Michael Everitt, Nancy Frisch, Pamela Murphy, and Ann Owsley attended a stewardship work party in late October, they knew they’d be removing invasive English holly. What they didn’t know was that their hard work at the Snow Creek Uncas Preserve would be rewarded with a hidden treasure. After removing a thick stand […]

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Duckabush Riparian Forest Preserve

A Monumental Cleanup at Duckabush Riparian Forest Preserve

Protected in late 2015 by the Land Trust in partnership with Trust for Public Land, the Duckabush Riparian Forest Preserve includes 140 acres of vibrant, forested wildlife habitat along the Duckabush River. Unbeknownst to anyone, a portion of the property had been used to dump a substantial amount of trash over several decades. Fortunately, some […]

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Roosevelt elk

Our Top 3 Reasons to Visit the Duckabush Oxbow & Wetlands Preserve

In the Duckabush River Valley, more than 3,250 acres of permanently protected land create a corridor of wildlife habitat. This greenbelt corridor hosts a wide variety of species – fish, insects, amphibians, mammals and birds – that have relied on this land for thousands of years. In addition to providing important spawning and rearing habitat for […]

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Proposed Preserve Outline

Help Us Create a Community Preserve on Marrowstone Island!

Thanks to Community Support, We’re Closing in on Our Fundraising Goal! With less than six weeks left in our fundraising campaign, we’re excited to report that we’ve secured more than 85 percent of the funding necessary to purchase a rare, large undeveloped property on Marrowstone Island. If we’re successful, the proposed 51-acre preserve (located next […]

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Scotty Scott Leading a Lesson

Volunteer Spotlight: Scotty Scott

Scotty Scott’s lifelong passion for nature fueled a 40-year career as a science teacher. Now she’s inspiring hundreds of students by volunteering with Jefferson Land Trust’s local school partnerships. “We need to think as brothers and sisters to all life and honor what nature gives us.” Scotty helps with everything from designing lesson plans to […]

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Navarra Carr

Extending a Warm Welcome to Navarra Carr

We’re thrilled to welcome Navarra Carr, who joins our team as Finance Assistant. Navarra is splitting her time in a joint position shared between Jefferson Land Trust and our sister organization in Clallam County, North Olympic Land Trust. While Navarra will serve as our Finance Assistant, she’ll act as the Administrative Assistant for North Olympic Land […]

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Kathleen Wacker

A Fond Farewell to Kathleen Wacker

It is with a great deal of gratitude and many good wishes that we say farewell to our Finance Assistant, Kathleen Wacker, who’s retiring after a great seven years with the Land Trust. In her role, Kathleen provided administrative support with a focus on maintaining the day-to-day financial processes. “Kathleen is incredibly organized; she could […]

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Farmland on Tarboo Creek

Preserving the Radka Farm: Another Puzzle Piece on Tarboo Creek Protected Forever!

It’s time to celebrate! Just a few weeks ago, Northwest Watershed Institute, Jefferson Land Trust, and other conservation partners joined together with the Radka family to permanently protect 33 acres of farmland, forest, and fish habitat on Tarboo Creek. A passionate, long standing connection to this land made the Radka family delightful partners to work […]

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Roosevelt Elk in the Duckabush River Valley. Photo by Caitlin Battersby.

Roosevelt Elk Herd Expanding in the Duckabush River Valley

The Duckabush River greenbelt hosts many animals that have relied on this land for thousands of years. In addition to providing important spawning habitat for endangered salmon, wildlife such as bear, beaver, and cougar have all been observed there recently. And one more common, but no less magical, sighting on the Duckabush is its herd […]

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Celebrate Spring: Visit Port Townsend’s Rare Prairie Treasure

Nestled on the grounds of the Port Townsend Golf Club is a small plot of wildflowers that have lived there for many thousands of years. A remnant of the prairies that once covered the Kah Tai Valley — from Kah Tai Lagoon to Chinese Gardens — this 1.2-acre preserve is a direct link to the […]

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