The long-awaited capital budget passed in January, and included crucial funding for a top-priority local farm project. And it’s one that brings a smile to our faces: We can now move forward on the work to protect Serendipity Farm in Quilcene
Snow Creek Uncas Preserve grew by almost three acres in the final days of 2017. Incremental successes like this have added up to over 350 acres protected in the area.
A big shout out to the Department of Corrections Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women work crew for their dedicated stewardship work on the Duckabush.
Thanks to your support, it has been an incredible year for protecting local farms, forests and wildlife habitat. Jefferson Land Trust is a grass-roots group founded on the involvement of community members. Together, we accomplish more than we ever could as individuals. This work is done on your behalf, with your help, and it is only possible through the passion and generosity of our community of supporters.
This summer, we were lucky to have intern Rian Plastow on the Land Trust team. We so appreciated her bright smile and the way she was always game to roll up her sleeves and and pitch in wherever needed, from leading volunteer work parties to helping with fundraising events. We were also thrilled to realize that we had met Rian before—as a student in one of the Land Trust’s first public school partnerships.
We have an opening for a Field Intern through the Veterans Conservation Corps. This 40-hour per week position provides a military veteran with an opportunity to gain skills in local ecology, natural resource management, volunteer leadership, field safety, record-keeping and more. Position is open until filled – Apply soon!
Imagine local wood production as powerful for our community as the local food movement is. You’ve heard of “slow food.” Now there’s a buzz about “slow wood,” because forests are crucial to community wellness, economy, culture, and landscape. And we have new opportunities to manage them to provide maximum benefits for community health.
We’re thrilled to welcome Jennifer Calhoun, who joins the team as our new Finance Director. Jennifer is splitting her time in a joint position shared between Jefferson Land Trust and our sister organization in Clallam County, North Olympic Land Trust.
Farmers Marko Colby and Hanako Myers have permanently protected Midori Farm, their 29-acre Quilcene farm, with the help of donations from the community.
A few weeks ago we headed out to Snow Creek with Blue Heron students to apply math and science lessons in the field. Students tested water quality in the stream, surveyed for macroinvertebrates, and put their math skills to work in a forestry lesson.
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