KHLT was founded in 1989 as the first land trust in Alaska, one month before the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The early days were spent gathering information about private land conservation, drafting bylaws, unleashing the talents of visionary founders as they created a way to protect the future of land of on Kachemak Bay.
KHLT was born of people passionate about land who were also foresighted and hardworking enough to translate that passion into action. This talented group of community members created KHLT before legislation existed to create conservation easements in Alaska.
Today, we serve the entire Kenai Peninsula. Our strategic focus is preserving irreplaceable fish and wildlife habitat as well as recreational lands for the future.
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Kachemak Heritage Land Trust (KHLT) protects critical fish, bird, and wildlife habitat as well as recreational lands on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula - forever.
The first land trust in Alaska founded in 1989, KHLT has worked to ensure that irreplaceable lands of the Kenai Peninsula are preserved for the future. KHLT accepts responsibility to protect treasured lands forever, helping to retain our unique Alaskan lifestyle and enhancing our way of life. With this commitment, we carefully manage the lands entrusted to our care. Some of our current exciting and important projects include;
Anchor River Salmon Conservation Area (ARSCA): Protecting critical salmon habitat on the Anchor River. We're thrilled that two new properties were recently added to ARSCA!
Mountains to Sea (M2S): Protecting salmon bearing streams from the headwaters to the ocean. This large-landscape, long-term project is a fantastic collaboration with partners such as US Fish and Wildlife Service and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Wings Over Western Waters (WINGS): Expand dialogue between Western land trusts and bird conservation organizations to protect important habitat for priority migratory birds.
Poopdeck Platt Property: Working towards transforming our in-town Poopdeck Platt property into a community park, offering a place to connect people with nature and people with people — in the heart of downtown Homer.
Maintaining healthy communities requires healthy food sources, clean soil and water, recreational and economic opportunities, as well as healthy and connected wildlife habitat. KHLT is guided by a strategic plan with a long-term goal to have community conservation as a recognized and inherent community core value. Please consider investing in our organization, supporting our important conservation efforts ~ Thank you!