The goal of the Baby Salmon Live Here initiative is to encourage good stewardship of important salmon habitat. The program includes installing Baby Salmon Live Here signs in strategic places that baby salmon live, highlighting that on the Peninsula, salmon live all around us!
2024 Sign Installation Events TBD
Fish Need Land Too is a collaborative program between KHLT and Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR), where small groups trek into the field to discover how land benefits salmon. KBNERR biologists help participants discover how healthy habitat directly benefits salmon at all life stages. This demonstrates that conservation efforts help provide room and board for juvenile fish.
If you’re interested in joining a future Fish Need Land Too field trip, please let us know!
The King Maker program, first developed in Anchorage by Great Land Trust, celebrates individual Alaskans making a difference for salmon in Alaska. Through this program we celebrate Alaskan heroes who are doing great things to conserve salmon habitat by crowning them as King Makers.
The goal of our King Maker program is to inspire individuals in our communities to take simple steps to help salmon on the Peninsula. Acknowledging the value of salmon habitat will help to ensure they are here far into the future.
Land at Heart Award Winners to Date:
2014: Lynn Whitmore
2015: Toby Tyler
2016: Carmen and Conrad Field
2017: Ed Bailey and Nina Faust
2018: Daisy Lee Bitter
2019: Ed Berg
2020: Robert Archibald, Bill Hague, & Dave Brann
2021: Barbra Seaman
2022: Mike Mungoven
2023: Claire Waxman
Each year KHLT recognizes an individual who has been an outstanding leader in conservation with the Land at Heart award. This year’s Land at Heart Award goes to a true pillar in our community, a hard-working, no-nonsense, get-stuff-done woman who has been an important supporter of so many nonprofit organizations over the years, Claire Waxman. Claire joined KHLT’s Development Committee in 2016 and has been an invaluable asset to our outreach and fundraising initiatives for years. She is a huge supporter of our Stewardship team, providing much needed equipment and support for our land managers. Plus, Claire has been our #1 raffle ticket saleswomen for a few years running! Claire is a force to be reckoned with. She is an incredible advocate for both enjoying and protecting land – our shared home. Thank you Claire for you tireless work to support the protection of irreplaceable lands on the Kenai Peninsula for future generations!
From Kiki Abrahamson:
Forty some years ago Claire Waxman showed up on horseback at a small homestead on the tip of the Epperson Knob Ridge overlooking the South Fork of the Anchor River. She had left her cabin somewhere east of the Ninichik Domes traveling to the head of the bay to do her subsistence fishing, claiming that it would be much easier to haul the fish up from the tide line if she had her horse. Although it was plum crazy, it is truly a testament to Claire’s intimate relationship with the land and waters of our South Peninsula home.
Time has passed, but Claire’s enthusiasm and commitment to preserving and stewarding our environment has not. Since She and Bob started Homer Saw and Cycle back in 1980s, she has been a constant advocate and sponsor for children, clubs, and non-profits. She is a regular donor to outdoor afterschool clubs, the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, Rope tow, both junior high and high school ski teams, the Homer Hockey league, Snomads, the bike club. She has supported activities initiated by Homer Council on the Arts, Center for Alaskan Coastal studies, as well as other non-profits and the Homer Chamber of Commerce.
Claire is very intelligent and keeps current with the science and politics of land and water stewardship, but she doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. We are so fortunate to have her in our community, and with immense gratitude present her with this award.