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!
What is King Maker? The King Maker program is an educational and outreach campaign developed in 2014 by Great Land Trust in Anchorage supporting one of our state’s greatest assets — salmon. The program celebrates individual Alaskans who make a difference for salmon where they live, with the goal of educating private landowners and the public about the value of protecting habitat critical to salmon, helping to ensure long-lasting conservation.
The Kenai Peninsula program will include the installation of “Baby Salmon Live Here” signs, strategically placed to help educate and inform the public about the sometimes surprising places salmon live, to bolster support for habitat conservation. We want to encourage and promote the simple steps people can take in their daily lives to protect salmon, because “little actions make big fish!”
The first KHLT King Maker award was given to Dan Pascucci for his work in conservation education with children and adults through the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and as the education specialist at the Kenai Watershed Forum. KBBI story Jen and Paul Castellani of Will Grow Farm between Homer and Anchor Point were the second recipients. Suspecting that the stream running above and below ground through their property might harbor juvenile fish, they made a point of leaving it undisturbed with a buffer zone. A study conducted by Kachemak Bay Research Reserve staff confirmed that salmon fry inhabit the stream. Homer News story
Do you know someone who could be a King Maker? Let us know! Email Denise@KachemakLandTrust.org
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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.
In the week before Christmas 2015, 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.
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Over the years, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust has nurtured relationships with other organizations to protect lands important to migratory birds. 2011 Stariski Meadows wetlands article 2013 Wings Over Western Waters article