“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Snow Creek Uncas Preserve grew by almost three acres in the final days of 2017. Incremental successes like this have added up to over 350 acres protected in the area.
Thanks to your support, it has been an incredible year for protecting local farms, forests and wildlife habitat. Jefferson Land Trust is a grass-roots group founded on the involvement of community members. Together, we accomplish more than we ever could as individuals. This work is done on your behalf, with your help, and it is only possible through the passion and generosity of our community of supporters.
A few weeks ago we headed out to Snow Creek with Blue Heron students to apply math and science lessons in the field. Students tested water quality in the stream, surveyed for macroinvertebrates, and put their math skills to work in a forestry lesson.
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.