Chai-yahk-wh "To be in the forest, up away from the water"

On June 26, 2019, Chai-yahk-wh Preserve on Marrowstone Island was officially declared open to the public during a joyful celebration at the Old Alcohol Plant in Port Hadlock.

We heard from many voices in our community, starting with Loni Grinnell-Greninger, Deputy Director for Social and Community Services of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe who shared a blessing song to commemorate the opening. Loni spoke of the importance to her and her relatives that the preserve was named using a S'Klallam word: Chai-yahk-wh, meaning "to be in the forest, up away from the water." Sarah Spaeth, Director of Conservation and Strategic Partnerships, was our MC for the afternoon and spoke of how partners and supporters helped make this new preserve a reality.

Next, Emmett Lalish shared loving words about of the dedication of his late father, Greg Lalish, for whom the new trail on the preserve is named. Emmett reflected on the special memories he has of being introduced to nature and walking through the woods with his father.

Lynn Wall, Naval Base Kitsap Community Planning Liaison Officer, joined in to share about the strength of the partnership between the Navy and Jefferson Land Trust and how that partnership has led to significant advancements in conservation in our county.

Richard Tucker, our Executive Director, shared his gratitude for our community and spoke of the Land Trust's ongoing commitment to conserving Jefferson County's most special places, including our 19 projects currently in the works during the Land Trust's 30th anniversary year.

Finally, Carrie Clendaniel, Preserve Manager, gave the audience a virtual tour of the Chai-yahk-wh Preserve, including how to access the property. Carrie also spoke about the long-term management plan, which is designed to ensure mutual benefit for people and wildlife. Carrie encouraged anyone who would like to volunteer to help steward and care for the land to contact her at cclendaniel@saveland.org.

Thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate the opening of this preserve! And a special thanks to our event sponsor, Miller & Ashmore Real Estate, for their support!

If you'd like to access the preserve and walk the Greg Lalish Memorial Trail, you can do so via the entrance on Flagler Road, which is located on the right, across from Griffith Point Road, 2 miles past the "Welcome to Marrowstone" sign.

This project was made possible thanks to a groundswell of community support and showcases what we can accomplish when we all join together for the places that matter in our county. Click the link below to learn more about the preserve and the process of making it a place our community can enjoy forever.

Chai-yahk-wh Preserve is one of the many special places that Jefferson Land Trust has joined with our community to protect. If you'd like to learn more about us and how you can get involved, visit our website, give us a call at 360.379.9501, or stop by our office in uptown Port Townsend - we'd love to hear from you!

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Rebekah Korenowsky


All photos courtesy of Jefferson Land Trust

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