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.
Drizzly weather failed to dampen spirits for the May 9th ribbon-cutting ceremony on KHLT's Gene and Mim Effler Trail. The event was attended by two of Gene and Mim's grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The new trail, located on Skyline Drive, is accessible and helps fulfill a pioneer homesteader's dream. KBBI Radio story about event
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!
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).
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