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A Warm Welcome to our Newest Board Member: Ben Wilson!

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Jefferson Land Trust Board of Directors: Ben Wilson! Ben joins the Land Trust after a 35-year career in healthcare and technology, having started companies like BabyCenter, Consumer Health Interactive, and Together Senior Health and worked for multinational corporations including Intel and Citrix. He currently serves […]

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Oh, What a Night: LandFest 2023

The Jefferson Land Trust team is still basking in the glow of LandFest! On Thursday, July 13, more than 300 community members came together for a magical evening at Finnriver Farm & Cidery to celebrate the power of local land conservation — and raised more than $273,000 to support the farms, fish, and forests of […]

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Welcoming the Kawamoto-Wipala Farmers to Our Community

Over the last year, our community has been captivated by the conservation story of Kawamoto Farm. Kawamoto Farm is an historic 148-acre farm and working forest north of Quilcene that was founded 101 years ago by Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto, immigrants from Japan. The family overcame extraordinary obstacles, including the challenges of homesteading, barriers to […]

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Back On the Land and Feeling Grand at LandFest 2022!

On Thursday, July 7, more than 250 community members joined us at Finnriver Farm & Cidery for LandFest, Jefferson Land Trust’s annual fundraising gala. We were inspired and overjoyed to be back on the land with so many of our supporters to celebrate, learn, and witness the power of community-driven conservation. Together, we raised more […]

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Conservation Breakfast 2022 Offers Rich Food for Thought!

Earlier this month at our 2022 Virtual Conservation Breakfast, more than 300 community members joined us virtually for Listening to the Land: Understanding the Indigenous Landscape of Jefferson County. Guided by moderator David Brownell, Executive Director of the North Olympic History Center and a Land Trust Board member, special guest panelists discussed the past, present, […]

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Hiking with a Local Videos Showcase Three Great South County Trails

In addition to being a County Commissioner for District 3 in Jefferson County and on the board of the North Hood Canal Chamber of Commerce, Greg Brotherton is a storyteller. He’s written fiction, screenplays, and many silly songs that he claims to play badly on a host of different instruments. And at one point, he […]

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Ringing In the New Year with Three New Staff Members: Ric, Eloise, and Cristina!

In this new year, please join us in welcoming three new full-time staff members to Jefferson Land Trust: Ric Brewer, Community Relations and Events Manager; Eloise Steere, Development Assistant; and Cristina Villalobos, Office and Preserve Assistant. Ric Brewer grew up in Jefferson County and has worked at several iconic Pacific Northwest institutions including Seattle Symphony, […]

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The Quimper Geological Society — A Decade of Exploration and Learning

If you’re interested in learning more about the geological and earth science history of our area and the Pacific Northwest in general, you may want to think about joining the Quimper Geological Society. It’s free, and it’s fun. The origin of the society began in 2006 with the late Gerry Thorsen and his wife. For […]

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Board Member Spotlight: Lucas Hart

Lucas Hart is coming up on three years of service on the board of Jefferson Land Trust, but his interest in the Land Trust began many years before that — when he first moved to Jefferson County, in 2009. “I’ve always been interested in organizations that work on land conservation,” he says, “but I thought […]

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Partner Spotlight: Kristin Manwaring Insurance

Where does Jefferson Land Trust end and our community begin? It’s impossible to say. A network of volunteers, donors, board members, and business partners sharing resources, knowledge, and a whole lot of heart allows us to keep working to preserve land in Jefferson County for the benefit of all who live here. Kristin Manwaring of […]

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