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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.

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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.

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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.

Cougar Gulch – Protecting Fish and Roads

September 17th, 2018|Fish and Wildlife, Fish Passage Improvements, Habitat Restoration|

Through the end of September, we will be working on a project to replace two culverts located in Cougar Gulch near Liberty, WA. This relatively small project will have huge impacts for fish by removing culverts that are too small for the stream at higher flows. The project will also

Team of biologists rescue stranded fish in Kachess River

August 6th, 2018|Fish and Wildlife|

Team of Biologist Rescue Stranded Fish In Kachess River The Daily Record wrote a great story about the efforts of KCT and our partners to keep bull trout from disappearing from the upper Yakima River Basin. There are only three populations left in the upper Yakima River Basin. The salvage

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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.

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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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