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Conservation Success: Beautiful New Forest Property Acquired

Please join us in celebrating the Land Trust’s most recent acquisition: a 75-acre forested property near Thorndyke Bay south of the Hood Canal Bridge. Directly adjacent to land protected by the Department of Natural Resources and the Navy, the property contains mature forest, wetlands, freshwater streams, and pristine wildlife habitat.  In the summer of 2020, […]

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Chimacum Ridge Community Forest Project to Receive $3 Million from New State Program

The Washington state 2021-2023 state capital budget recently approved by Governor Jay Inslee includes $16.3 million for a new Community Forests Program administered by the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). In 2020, our conservation team applied for a $3 million grant from this new program to help us acquire the 853-acre Chimacum Ridge Forest […]

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Generous Family Gift Supports Quimper Wildlife Corridor Challenge

For nearly 30 years, Paul Becker and his family enjoyed walking the wilderness trails of Jefferson County. After Paul was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, their daily nature walks became a welcome balm. This past month, two years after his passing, Paul’s family decided to make a family gift to Jefferson Land Trust’s Quimper Wildlife […]

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Land Trust Conservation Burial Program Receives Board Approval

We’re excited to report that our Board of Directors recently granted approval for the Land Trust to move forward in creating a conservation burial program. For a number of years, we’ve been investigating the potential for creating a conservation burial program here in Jefferson County. A working committee made up of board members, volunteers, and […]

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Reserve Your Spot Today for the 2021 (Virtual) Conservation Breakfast!

Sign up to join us online for Wildlife, Wetlands, and We the People: Protecting the Quimper Wildlife Corridor on March 18 from 9 – 10:30 am. Together we’ll explore the wild green corridor that stretches across Port Townsend from Fort Worden to Middlepoint, and its impact on wildlife and our community. We’ll celebrate 25 years of community dedication […]

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Discovering the Economic Benefits of Conserved Lands on the North Olympic Peninsula

The North Olympic Peninsula is a vibrant place, with a rich history of cultural and traditional life, amazing wildlife corridors, world class recreation, locally owned family farms, and traditional forestry jobs that inject life into local towns. Conserving farms, forests, trails, and parks ensures these communities are healthy and flourishing. Recently, Jefferson Land Trust partnered […]

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Ruby Ranch in Chimacum is Now Protected Forever!

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 […]

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Celebrating an Additional 25 Acres at the Duckabush Riparian Forest Preserve

Jefferson Land Trust has been working on conservation projects along the Dosewallips and Duckabush Rivers since the mid-90s. In 1994, long-time locals, Vern and Ida Bailey donated a conservation easement on their 187-acre property on the Dosewallips River, our first project in the area. That act alone protected a significant portion of beautiful open space […]

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Share Your Thoughts in Our Conservation Burial Survey

Conservation burial cemeteries and memorial forests are places for family and friends to come to honor and remember a loved one in a natural setting. Jefferson Land Trust is considering creating a conservation burial wildland cemetery and/or a memorial forest for scattering ashes […]

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The Conservation Bell – a Joyful Sound

When we get official notice that a new property deed has been recorded at the county, Sarah Spaeth, Director of Conservation and Strategic Partnerships, rings a special bell at Jefferson Land Trust’s office. This tradition, which started about 10 years ago, is our way of acknowledging and celebrating that another important place in Jefferson County […]

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