In our Mountains to Sea Project, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is collaborating 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 can conserve the most land possible in the most significant places, strategically building corridors of protected fish and wildlife habitat.
Contributions to this project will be 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!
Thank you to the Pratt Museum for hosting our Annual Meeting on December 4th, accommodating a full house. Thanks also to Mark Marette of Trails End Horse Adventures for sharing his extensive knowledge of the history of KHLT's Krishna Venta Conservation Area, commonly known as the "Barefooters".
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Unseasonably mild weather allowed crews to complete construction on the Gene and Mim Effler Trail in December, with the installation of interpretive signs about the fen's ecology, a trailhead information kiosk, and benches on the viewing platform. Thank you to local trail guru Dave Brann, who built and installed the benches. The new trail, located on Skyline Drive, is accessible and helps fulfill a pioneer homesteader's dream. More
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In July 2014, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust transferred ownership of the Victor Holm Historic Site to the Kasilof Regional Historical Association. KHLT is honored to have played a significant role in the preservation of the property since 1999, and is gratified to have it pass into the capable hands of the immediately local historical association for posterity. Thank you to the State Historic Preservation Office, the Homer Foundation, and individuals who assisted with funding the transfer.
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, comprising refugia critical to the survival of salmon as stream temperatures rise.
Land trusts nationwide are considering potential impacts of climate change when prioritizing land parcels for protection. The preservation of refugia, areas of relative climatic stability, is seen as a key to building biological species resiliency.
Properties acquired by KHLT in 2011 and 2013, referred to as the Anchor River Salmon Conservation Area, contain cold water refugia vital to salmon, and are adjacent 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.
Alaska's first land trust, KHLT is priveleged to have worked with many caring landowners over the course of 25 years to preserve important land values on the Kenai Peninsula for public benefit in perpetuity. The vision of our founders, supporters, and concerned landowners has given us the opportunity to help ensure that the best of our wildlife habitat, recreational, and open space resources are protected for our own and future generations. We salute all who have been part of our conservation family and partner network - thank you!
Homer Tribune article Homer News article (March 2014)