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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!
Construction is essentially complete on KHLT’s new Effler Nature Trail on the north side of Skyline Drive, just across from Glacier View Court. A short gravel trail from the parking area leads to a raised boardwalk that ends at a platform overlooking a beautiful fen, a peat-forming wetland that acts as a natural water purifier and offers excellent bird and moose habitat. The installation of interpretive signs about the fen's ecolgy is all that remains to complete this short, accessible trail that will help fulfill a pioneer homesteader's dream. More
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. These areas comprise refugia critical to the survival of salmon as stream temperatures rise.
Refugia are areas of relatively unaltered climate, forming havens for flora and fauna during periods of regional climatic change. Across the country, land trusts are beginning to take accelerated climate change into consideration when prioritizing land parcels for preservation, with the protection of refugia seen as a key to building plant and animal species resiliency.
Anchor River properties acquired by KHLT in 2011 and 2013 contain cold water refugia, are adjacent to other preserved riverfront properties, and bring KHLT’s holdings on the river to nearly 147 acres.
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.
Alaska's first land trust, KHLT is priveleged to have worked with many caring landowners over the course of 25 years to preserve important land values on the Kenai Peninsula for public benefit in perpetuity. The vision of our founders, supporters, and concerned landowners has given us the opportunity to help ensure that the best of our wildlife habitat, recreational, and open space resources are protected for our own and future generations. We salute all who have been part of our conservation family and partner network - thank you!
Homer Tribune article Homer News article (March 2014)
Homer Hosts Statewide Land Trust Meeting with Representatives from National Organizations
Homer Tribune story (April 2014)
This spectacular residential property, at Kenai River mile 39.5, includes 5.8 acres on the mainland and a 1.18-acre island, with views of the Kenai Mountains.
The property supports moose, black bear, lynx, beaver, and otter, along with Bald eagles, ducks and numerous other birds. Dolly Varden and Rainbow trout join all five species of Pacific salmon in the river. More
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