Kittitas Conservation Trust

From Snoqualmie Pass to the Selah Gap near Ellensburg, the upper Yakima River basin is home to an astounding array of natural resources that support and nourish both the wildlife and humans that frequent this area. The cold, clear headwaters of the Yakima River and its many tributaries are the lifeblood of the chinook, sockeye, and coho salmon that are born and return here to spawn after a long journey along the Yakima and Columbia Rivers to and from the ocean. Several populations of federally endangered bull trout, spend their entire lives in the in the upper Yakima basin waters. This area, on which so much wildlife depends , and where so many people live, work, and play, is where the Kittitas Conservation Trust calls home.

Formed in 2002, the mission of the Kittitas Conservation Trust (KCT) is to protect and enhance fish and wildlife habitat, open space, and recreational assets in the upper Yakima River basin. KCT works together with interested landowners and governmental agency partners to identify high-value conservation resources in the basin. Our goals then are simple: restore habitat to gain as much natural function as possible, and protect those places of highest importance from alteration and development.