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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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Nature in Your Neighborhood Program Underway – Join the Fun!

In the new Nature in Your Neighborhood program, our backyards and neighborhoods will become our classrooms. Birds, trees, ferns, and mammals are just a few of the topics we’ll be diving into throughout May and June. Our weekly explorations will be guided by an experienced naturalist […]

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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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Generous Legacy Gift Will Make a Lasting Impact on Our Landscape

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 […]

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Another Gem Added to the Quimper Wildlife Corridor

The Quimper Wildlife Corridor is a ribbon of green stretching across the tip of the Quimper Peninsula—from Fort Worden to Middlepoint. This 3.5 mile greenbelt connects a string of wetlands, forests and floodplains. The Corridor is important for managing stormwater and keeping our local water clean. It also creates an urban wildlife refuge that provides natural […]

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Our Top 3 Reasons to Visit the Duckabush Oxbow & Wetlands Preserve

In the Duckabush River Valley, more than 3,250 acres of permanently protected land create a corridor of wildlife habitat. This greenbelt corridor hosts a wide variety of species – fish, insects, amphibians, mammals and birds – that have relied on this land for thousands of years. In addition to providing important spawning and rearing habitat for […]

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Help Us Create a Community Preserve on Marrowstone Island!

Thanks to Community Support, We’re Closing in on Our Fundraising Goal! With less than six weeks left in our fundraising campaign, we’re excited to report that we’ve secured more than 85 percent of the funding necessary to purchase a rare, large undeveloped property on Marrowstone Island. If we’re successful, the proposed 51-acre preserve (located next […]

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Preserving the Radka Farm: Another Puzzle Piece on Tarboo Creek Protected Forever!

It’s time to celebrate! Just a few weeks ago, Northwest Watershed Institute, Jefferson Land Trust, and other conservation partners joined together with the Radka family to permanently protect 33 acres of farmland, forest, and fish habitat on Tarboo Creek. A passionate, long standing connection to this land made the Radka family delightful partners to work […]

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Roosevelt Elk Herd Expanding in the Duckabush River Valley

The Duckabush River greenbelt hosts many animals that have relied on this land for thousands of years. In addition to providing important spawning habitat for endangered salmon, wildlife such as bear, beaver, and cougar have all been observed there recently. And one more common, but no less magical, sighting on the Duckabush is its herd […]

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Just Duckabush Mid-Reach Preserve

We’re celebrating a great success for wildlife on the Duckabush River this winter! Local sculptor Mark Fissler and his family worked with Jefferson Land Trust and our partners to protect 15 acres of their longtime family land in the middle reaches of the Duckabush River as a permanent wildlife preserve.

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