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Reserve Your Spot Today for 2022 Virtual Conservation Breakfast

Author: Jefferson Land Trust | 02/22/22

Loops of cedar bark nested on a fern.

Cedar bark harvested by members of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe at Valley View Forest in summer 2021.

On Thursday, March 17, from 9-10:30 am, we welcome you to join us for Listening to the Land: Understanding the Indigenous Landscape of Jefferson County.

There is no cost to attend this popular annual Land Trust event, which will be presented virtually on Zoom, so reserve your spot today!

The S’Klallam, Makah, Hoh, Quileute, Quinault, and other local Indigenous tribes have a deep and ancient connection with the plants and animals of the Olympic Peninsula. Over the centuries, local tribes managed the landscape to maintain productive prairies, waterways, and other landscape features to preserve or enhance the natural environment for foraging and hunting.

David Brownell, Executive Director of the North Olympic History Center and a Land Trust Board member, will be our moderator for our special guest panelists including:

  • Emma Brownell, Traditional Foods and Culture Program Assistant, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
  • Kathy Duncan, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Member
  • Stormy Purser, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Member
  • Sarah Spaeth, Director of Conservation and Strategic Partnerships, Jefferson Land Trust

This panel discussion will explore ethnographic and ethnobotanical research —in conjunction with Indigenous cultural traditions and knowledge — to “reconstruct” our understanding of the landscape and how Indigenous people have thrived for millennia on its bountiful resources.

We’ll also examine the ways in which traditional ecological knowledge strengthens community resilience and informs conservation practices today, and how Jefferson Land Trust is working to incorporate indigenous land practices into its land decisions.

More than 300 people joined us at Conservation Breakfast last year. This year’s program promises to be another great educational event, and we’re excited to gather together to learn, connect, and enjoy a dash of inspiration to start our day. Click here to register now for your complimentary spot!

PS: We encourage you to pour yourself a warm beverage and grab something to munch on while you enjoy the program. Hope to see you there!