Preserving the Forests and Rivers of the Upper Yakima River Basin

Steward Our Lands

What We Do

Our goals are simple: restore habitat to gain as much natural function as possible and protect those places of highest importance from alteration and development.

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Land Conservation

KCT works with landowners to conserve critical habitat through land purchases and conservation easements.

Protection in Perpetuity

Easements and acquisitions are just some of the conservation tools that we use when working with landowners to keep important habitat lands from being developed.

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Habitat Restoration

Habitat Restoration

We identify priority projects that can restore natural processes and improve habitat values in the upper Yakima River Basin.

Thriving Landscapes

We enhance fish and wildlife habitat through projects that create river side channels, remove fish passage barriers, place wood back in streams, restore riparian vegetation and much more.

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Outreach & Education

We engage the community and visitors to help inform them about their role in protecting and managing the lands they love.

Meaningful Engagement

Those living and visiting Kittitas County have a deep connection to the land, and we are furthering that by teaching how they can protect the place where they live, work and play.

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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 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.


Who We Are

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.

Interested in Preserving Your Land?

For over 1,000 years, people have felt a deep connection to the land and waters of the Upper Yakima River basin. Today, that tradition continues, and we know that landowners want to preserve the areas that are special to them. There are a variety of options for conserving land, and we work with landowners to find the one that is right for them.


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.

Gold Creek Pond: Changing the Dynamics of a Watershed

December 3rd, 2018|Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Restoration|

We're sure you are familiar with flying drones, but have you heard of a floating drone? As part of the Gold Creek Restoration Project we used a boat drone to gather the floor topography (bathymetry) of Gold Creek Pond. Why do we need to know that? We will be using

River Detectives: Trying to Solve the Mysteries of Kachess

October 23rd, 2018|Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Restoration|

We spent some days in October in the field with Inter-Fluve to collect information on the upper Kachess River. We conducted survey work, gathered GPS points, took flow measurements, conducted gravel counts and collected stream bed samples. We also gathered LiDAR data that will be used in conjunction with


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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Join the movement to keep Kittitas County wild on Giving Tuesday

This year, Facebook and Paypal are partnering to match up to $7 million in Giving Tuesday donations that are made on Facebook to nonprofits like KCT! That means your donation will have double the impact!

You are the key to conservation in Kittitas County! On November 27th you can be the difference in preserving the natural character of our amazing lands by donating to KCT. Your support will ensure that critical habitat in Kittitas County remains accessible and healthy for wildlife, fish and people.

Find out about Giving Tuesday by visiting our Facebook Page. You can also support conservation by sharing this with your family and friends. Thank you for your support!