Kittitas Conservation Trust

Land Protection

KCT works with interested and willing landowners to protect lands and waters with high conservation values from development and alteration that could compromise their natural functions. Tools for accomplishing this include direct purchase of land or acquisition of conservation easements.

Land purchases are accomplished with cooperation from willing landowners. Funding typically comes from a variety of sources, including government and foundation grants, and private donations. At the time of purchase, KCT sets aside funds in the form of a land stewardship endowment that helps to ensure we can maintain and enhance the conservation values of this land, as well as provide educational and recreational access to the public where feasible.

Conservation easements are restrictions voluntarily placed on a piece of property by the property owner and are designed to protect specific conservation values. Donated or sold by the landowner to KCT, conservation easements are negotiated and agreed to by the property owner and KCT. Conservation easements "travel with the land" meaning the restrictions apply to current and future owners of the easement property. Easements allow land to remain in the hands a landowner who can continue to utilize the property subject to the restrictions agreed upon.

Take a look at some of our featured protection projects.

Habitat Restoration

Degradation and alteration of river and stream habitat are some of most pressing challenges facing salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations in the upper Yakima River basin. KCT focuses on identifying priority projects that can restore natural processes that in turn create habitat for these species. Restoration projects include replanting stream banks with native trees, reconnecting floodplains & side channels, and adding large wood and other in-stream structures to slow water and create "resting" pools. Working with neighboring landowners along rivers and streams, KCT's work can often help decrease flood risk and create added opportunities for wildlife viewing as fish, birds, and elk begin to make use of newly created habitat.

Take a look at some of our featured restoration projects.