Kachemak Heritage Land Trust works with private landowners on the Kenai Peninsula to protect significant conservation values of their property, in perpetuity, for public benefit. A property may stay in individual ownership and use, or it may be transferred to the land trust. The method used to protect the property depends upon its conservation values and the wishes of the owner.
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust works with landowners to place conservation easements on qualifying property; and acquires conservation land through outright donations and, occasionally, bargain sales. KHLT has also worked in partnership with other organizations to protect important conservation lands for public benefit.
KHLT is obligated to ensure that its land protection programs result in real public benefits and that the stewardship responsibilities assumed in perpetuity can be carried out. Property accepted by KHLT for conservation purposes must meet specific evaluation and selection criteria.
Launched in 2008, this initiative is designed to maintain landscape connectivity on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula by permanently preserving land adjacent to existing conservation land. As we consider properties identified in resource inventories as highly significant, many of them are adjacent to protected land and provide important movement corridors for wildlife, or contain wetlands or river frontage crucial to clean water and fish habitat. These are the properties that we are targeting first for protection, as conservation science reveals that landscapes must remain connected to sustain habitat integrity. If habitat is fragmented into “islands”, the ecological functions of an area may be compromised.
Major funding for the Kenai Peninsula Landscape Connectiviity Initiative has been provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Coastal Program through generous annual match grants since 2008, providing vital support for our ongoing Anchor River Project and other conservation land connectivity efforts.