Chimacum Ridge Community Forest Advisory Groups

Chimacum Ridge Community Forest Advisory Groups

Forest Governance and Management

The Chimacum Ridge Community Forest is governed by a seven-member community volunteer Board of Managers and the day-to-day operations of the community forest are managed by a full-time staff Community Forest Manager. In addition three volunteer advisory groups will support the Board of Managers.

The community forest will be managed following a Comprehensive Management Plan approved by the Board of Managers. The Comprehensive Management Plan will include goals and objectives that are consistent with the conservation easement, and the mission, vision, and values described in the
Chimacum Ridge Community Forest Strategic Vision Framework.

Advisory Groups

Members of these advisory groups will be recruited in early 2024.

  • Social Advisory Group: members of the Social Advisory Group advise on the cultural, recreational, and educational access policies and plans for the community forest
  • Economic Advisory Group: members of the Economic Advisory Group advise the ways the community forest supports the economic resilience of the community and sustains the community forest
  • Ecological Advisory Group: members of the Ecological Advisory Group advise on the natural and ecological welfare of the community forest


Every quarter we plan to hold a 2-3 hour long evening meeting for each advisory group. As needed, individual members of the advisory groups will be called upon to serve on a committee, contribute to aspects of forest management, help with on-site projects (e.g., conduct a bird census, refine a timber harvest plan, analyze and map forest stands).

We will form the advisory groups in spring 2024. Advisory group members are appointed by the Board of Managers, and membership in an advisory group may be voluntarily renewed every two years.

Advisory group members will be residents of East Jefferson County and have:

  1. Enthusiasm for the Land Trust’s mission, a knowledge of the East Jefferson County community, and a strong interest in community forests
  2. Good listening skills, inclusive and collaborative engagement skills, strategic thinking skills, and the ability to contribute to and achieve a positive consensus
  3. Commitment to Jefferson Land Trust’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles

Encouraging Equity and Access:

We understand that some people may face obstacles to participation due to responsibilities or financial constraints. Because we’re committed to working with individuals to address barriers to participation, we’ve established an Equity and Access Fund to help offset any financial burdens that may prevent involvement. If you’d like further information on the Equity and Access Fund, please contact us via email at info[at]

To Indicate Your Interest in Being on an Advisory Group:

For individuals interested in applying to become a Chimacum Ridge Advisory Group member, please submit a letter of interest to: info[at] with the subject line: Community Forest Advisory Group.

In your letter, please include the following:

  • Your name and contact information (preferred email address and phone number)
  • Any affiliations you may have with local groups or organizations (e.g., Tribal, recreation groups, other boards, etc.)
  • A brief description of why you’re interested in participating.
  • Any relevant expertise, background, and knowledge you have as it relates to any of the three Advisory topics (Social, Economic, or Ecological).

From all entries, the Chimacum Ridge Community Forest Board of Managers will review the submissions and choose individuals from a broad spectrum of the community to serve on an advisory group that aligns with their interests.

Final date for submission is midnight on Friday, March 29, 2024.