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Conserving our lands and enhancing critical fish and wildlife habitat for generations to come

What We Do

Our goals are simple: keep our lands connected, waters healthy, wildlife thriving and community flourishing.

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Land & Water Conservation

We work with landowners to preserve important natural areas that support our fish, wildlife, and community.

Protection in Perpetuity

There are a number of ways we protect our natural areas so future generations can continue to benefit from the clean air and water, peacefulness and serenity of nature.

Habitat Restoration

Habitat Restoration

Our communities are dependent on healthy land, water and air so we restore natural areas to support a diversity of life.

Thriving Landscapes

Our projects create flowing side channels, open up miles of streams for fish, place wood back in streams, restore forests along rivers, and much more.

Outreach & Education

Relationships are the foundation of our work. We collaborate with our community to find meaningful ways to connect with nature.

Meaningful Engagement

Our community and visitors have a deep connection to the land, which we support by teaching how they can protect the place where they live, work, and play.

Featured Videos

A Bull Trout Story

In this video, learn about the work of conservationists and biologists to save our endangered Bull Trout in the Upper Yakima River Basin. Our Bull Trout are on the verge of extinction, but there is work underway to save them. If you care about salmon, you should care about Bull Trout too. If we lose our Bull Trout, our salmon and native trout populations are next. Headwaters really do matter in our watershed!

Kachess River Restoration Project

See what KCT was up to the summer of 2023. The whole project was completed in under 4 months. Following returning flows in the fall, there were 26 Bull Trout redds (or nests) reported above the restoration area. This is the second highest redd count since 2000, when redd surveys began annually in Kachess River. It is the hope that the restoration will provide the necessary elements for the rearing Bull Trout – Cold, Clean, Complex, and Connected Habitats.

Latest News

Learn more about the important habitat and wildlife in the upper Yakima River basin and the work we are doing to protect our wild places.

Our Projects

From Snoqualmie Pass to the Roza Dam in the Yakima River Canyon, the upper Yakima River Basin is home to an astounding array of natural resources that support and nourish the wildlife and humans that live here. The cold, clear headwaters of the Yakima River and the many streams that feed it are the lifeblood of the salmon that are born here and return to spawn after the long journey to and from the ocean along the Yakima and Columbia Rivers. This area, on which so much life depends is where Kittitas Conservation Trust calls home.

Interested in Preserving Your Land?

For over 1,000 years, people have been deeply connected to the lands and waters of the Upper Yakima River basin. Today, that tradition continues, and we know that landowners want to protect the areas that are special to them. There are a variety of options for conserving land, and together we will find the one that is right for you.

Who We Are

Kittitas Conservation Trust (KCT) is a small, non-profit land trust serving Kittitas County. Our mission is to protect and enhance fish and wildlife habitat, open space, and recreational assets in the upper Yakima River basin.


Our Partners

Our partners are part of what enable our success in conservation and restoration. Below are some of the organizations helping us get meaningful work done on the ground.

Support Conservation in the Upper Yakima River Basin

Become a steward of these important lands! With your help we can continue to protect the unique habitat and wildlife that make this place special to you!

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