“Salmon School! What Will Happen Next?” is an audiobook by Ms. Stengel’s 2020-21 first grade class at Salish Coast Elementary. Inspired by their year-long project of raising salmon eggs (roe) in the classroom for eventual release into Chimacum Creek at Illahee Preserve, the story is about a student named Sam who finds himself transformed into […]
We’re delighted to announce that 45-acre Kodama Farm and Food Forest in Chimacum has been protected forever! For Kodama Farm, and our whole community, Jefferson Land Trust’s purchase of a conservation easement, represents the first step in a project that will help salmon, beavers, and other local wildlife thrive in the Chimacum watershed and support […]
We’re celebrating the permanent protection of another family farm in Chimacum with the purchase of a conservation easement on Ruby Ranch. This 65-acre property owned by Joe and Val Goularte is located in the fertile bottomlands of Beaver Valley. The Goulartes currently raise a herd of grass-fed beef cattle and are eager to begin diversifying […]
When Executive Director Richard Tucker answered the call from Michael McKee, he was astonished by the news he received. Michael was in the process of settling the estate of his late wife, Karen Rachel McKee — a former board member and longtime supporter of the Land Trust — and the Land Trust would soon be […]
The thank you notes and poems arrived soon after Port Townsend first and second graders visited Illahee Preserve to learn about salmon. Inside were messages filled with warmth and gratitude. “Thank you for the experience of being in the forest,” Addie H. wrote. “Thank you for saving the salmons,” said Laverna. “I loved being a […]
We just had 150 first and second graders come out to Illahee Preserve to release the coho salmon fry they’ve been raising in their class.
Jefferson Land Trust has been awarded a grant from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to purchase land on Chimacum Creek’s north shore, near the estuary where Irondale Beach County Park is located.
Roger and Sandy Short have ensured their family land, one of Jefferson County’s largest active farms, will never be subdivided or converted from agriculture. Home to popular products like delicious 100% grass-fed beef and “Magical Soil,” this 254-acre farm is an important anchor of Chimacum’s agricultural economy and community.