Alaska's first land trust, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust (KHLT) was established in 1989 to preserve, for public benefit, land with significant natural, recreational, or cultural values by working with willing landowners on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.
Across America, there are now over 1,700 land trusts - local and regional organizations that are saving dwindling natural space through cooperative voluntary action. Property owners have worked with land trusts to protect ocean shores, wetlands, scenic views, wildlife habitat, trails, river corridors, historic sites, farms, ranches - properties of every size and type that have special conservation value. To date land trusts nationwide have conserved over 37 million acres.
The ecosystems on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula encompass world-renowned salmon streams, vast salt marshes and wetlands, coastal rainforests, alpine tundra, and productive bays and estuaries. Relative to most of the state, the Kenai Peninsula has a high percentage of privately owned land, including some of the most significant habitat such as river corridors, wetlands, and forest. Preservation of conservation values on private property is essential to protecting the integrity of wildlife habitat, open space, and recreational opportunities on the Kenai Peninsula.
Since its inception, KHLT has helped to preserve forest, wetlands and waterfront, recreational areas, historic and cultural sites, and urban natural areas on the Kenai Peninsula through acquisitions of land and conservation easements.
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is governed by a board of directors elected by the general membership at the Annual Meeting each fall. We publish a semi-annual newsletter to keep members up to date on recent accomplishments and projects in the works. KHLT is primarily supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, and businesses who believe that the protection of natural land is vital if we are to retain the quality of life and economic base that make the Kenai Peninsula so attractive for residents and visitors.
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.
Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.