In the week before Christmas, the U.S. Congress voted to make the tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent. This legislation represents a huge win for the land trust community, as the tax incentive has previously been for fixed periods without guarantee of renewal. For more information about KHLT's conservation easement process and associated financial considerations, click here.
In our Kenai Mountains to Sea Project, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust collaborates 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 work to conserve the most ecologically significant land parcels, strategically building corridors of protected fish and wildlife habitat.
Contributions to this project are 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!
Former KHLT board member Toby Tyler, a well-known and loved local artist, gardener, and friend of the natural world, received KHLT's Land at Heart award during their annual auction in October.
Congratulations, Toby, and thank you for all that you have done to promote environmental health, awareness, and education in our community.
Toby Tyler, seated, with friend and naturalist Dale Chorman holding the award plaque
On March 4th, KHLT closed on its latest acquisition through its special Lower Peninsula Wetlands Fund. 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. Properties comprising KHLT's Anchor River Salmon Conservation Area contain cold water refugia critical to the survival of salmon as stream temperatures rise, and are adjacent or near to other preserved riverfront properties.
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.
March 2015 Homer News article about collaborative efforts to preserve the Anchor River.
The 2013 brainchild of Andrew Mackie of the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas (Colorado) and KHLT’S Marie McCarty, “Wings over Western Waters” is an initiative to bring western land trusts together with bird conservation organizations to form partnerships contributing to large-scale conservation initiatives, and to stimulate more funding for local land trust projects. Read more from the Land Trust Alliance Saving Land magazine (Spring 2015).
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust
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