The Valley View Forest Preserve on the western slope of Chimacum Ridge.
The 65-acre Valley View Forest Preserve was protected in late 2018. The property will be used to model community-based sustainable forest management practices, while also providing healthy wildlife habitat, hiking trails, and nature viewing opportunities. Additionally, it will provide outdoor education space for local schools and the community. The anticipated public opening for the Valley View Forest Preserve is Fall 2019!
Less than two miles south of Chimacum Corner, this working forest preserve will help to ensure a healthy and livable community for generations to come. The preserve expands and improves critical wildlife habitat, creating a protected landscape corridor from Center Valley to the top of Chimacum Ridge.
Having this forest in place helps to ensure long-term ecosystem benefits to the surrounding community, providing replenishment of ground water to support nearby farmers, home owners, and endangered salmon in Chimacum Creek and other native wildlife. The forest also reduces runoff from the hillside during heavy rains.
Even better, this 65-acre property in north Center Valley serves as the gateway to a much larger vision.
At Jefferson Land Trust, our vision is to retain regional working forest lands in perpetuity, to be managed for a balance of sustainable timber production, wildlife habitat, recreation, and educational uses.
In Jefferson County, our forests are where recreation, work, and wildlife meet. A community forest is both a refuge and a resource, contributing to economic vitality and the preservation of our rural landscapes and way of life. It’s a place where families can roam, people can work, and animals can find shade and shelter for generations to come.
In 2014, the Land Trust partnered with a number of organizations to protect from development the 853-acre forested ridge that rises between Center and Beaver valleys, right in the heart of Chimacum. Since then, we’ve been actively working toward our vision of establishing a locally managed community forest at Chimacum Ridge.
This project has received $3.4 million in funding from the Washington State Legislature, and offers the potential to serve as a model for other rural communities seeking an innovative long-term approach to working forest management.
Together, we can demonstrate how conservation and business interests can harmonize to serve a triple bottom line: economic vitality, public recreation, and healthy wildlife habitat.