Port Townsend: Land Trust Launches Century Stewards Campaign

PORT TOWNSEND — A century from now, herons and eagles will spread their wings and fly over the roofs of Port Townsend.

Majestic Roosevelt elk will still graze on the slopes of the Olympics above the Dosewallips River.

Salmon will swim up the dark waters of Chimacum Creek to spawn, and farmers will harvest vegetables and fruits in the fields a few miles away.

And it will all be due, in part, according to the organizers of the event, to the people who attended the inaugural Century Stewards Conservation Breakfast at Fort Worden State Park Commons on Thursday.

Hosted by Jefferson Land Trust, the breakfast invited people to invest by providing continued stewardship of the Quimper Wildlife Corridor in Port Townsend, Sunfield Farm in Chimacum and rivers and creeks throughout Jefferson County.

“Our highest vision is captured in the single most important word in our mission statement: ‘Forever,”‘ said Stephanie Reith, JLT executive director.

Mark Dembro, board president, welcomed the 250 guests, then talked about the Land Trust’s success stories, including Sunfield, an 81-acre working farm and site of Waldorf School.

Students from Sunfield gave the invocation, then distributed packets of native plant seeds to guests.

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