The national Land Trust Alliance (LTA) recently named KHLT one of a small group of land trusts from across the country viewed as ready to dramatically increase our impact. LTA is investing in our future as part of their land trust National Excellence Program. With this honor comes the challenge of raising the financial bar to reach this goal.
To dramatically increase our impact, we need your help to raise $20,000 of new funds by October 1, 2015. These necessary Summer Challenge funds will support our work to preserve unique and irreplaceable fish, bird, and wildlife habitat, as well as recreational lands for public use. Full text of Summer Challenge appeal
Every donation is important, and every dollar counts. Make sure to specify Summer Challenge as the purpose of this donation – thank you for your generous support!
Youth from the Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL) DiRtBaG Service Corps (pictured) and the Junior Youth Spiritual Environmental Group turned out on July 16th to complete reconstruction of the fence surrounding the KHLT Garden. The arduous fence replacement project was started last year with help from the HoWL DiRtBaG Service Corps.
Many thanks to the youth and their leaders, Maddy Lee and Claire Vernon of HoWL, and Paul and Linda Rourke with the Junior Youth Spiritual Environmental Group, for their hard work to help maintain and improve our garden for the benefit of the community.
In our Kenai Mountains to Sea Project, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust collaborates with partners to identify and preserve important fish and wildlife movement corridors across the Kenai Peninsula. Combining the tools and expertise of multiple organizations, we work to conserve the most ecologically significant land parcels, strategically building corridors of protected fish and wildlife habitat.
Contributions to this project are leveraged by a matching grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Coastal Program, allowing your money to go farther toward protecting vital habitat connectivity for our treasured fish and wildlife resources. Make a grant match donation today to help preserve the most significant privately owned Kenai Peninsula land – from Mountains to Sea!
On March 4th, KHLT closed on its latest acquisition through its special Lower Peninsula Wetlands Fund. While KHLT’s work on the lower Anchor River has always targeted significant fish and wildlife habitat, in recent years thermal imagery and research shared by Cook Inletkeeper has helped to further narrow the focus on the areas with the coldest water. Properties comprising KHLT's Anchor River Salmon Conservation Area contain cold water refugia critical to the survival of salmon as stream temperatures rise, and are adjacent or near to other preserved riverfront properties.
KHLT’s work on the Anchor River helps to fill gaps in the river corridor protected by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Protection of the river corridor is important for water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and the attendant social and economic benefits for lower Kenai Peninsula communities.
March 2015 Homer News article about collaborative efforts to preserve the Anchor River.
The 2013 brainchild of Andrew Mackie of the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas (Colorado) and KHLT’S Marie McCarty, “Wings over Western Waters” is an initiative to bring western land trusts together with bird conservation organizations to form partnerships contributing to large-scale conservation initiatives, and to stimulate more funding for local land trust projects. Read more from the Land Trust Alliance Saving Land magazine (Spring 2015).
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust
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