For almost 20 years Kittitas Conservation Trust has worked to protect the important lands and habitat of the upper Yakima River Basin. KCT is the steward of over 3,500 acres in Kittitas County. We maintain and enhance the conservation values of our acquisition lands. We also provide recreational and educational access to the public when appropriate. In addition, we have protected over 4,000 acres through easement agreements and acquisitions. We hold some of these easements, but not all. In many instances, we created connections between landowners and agencies that resulted in an easement agreement.
Since 2002, KCT has completed 12 river restoration projects in the upper Yakima River Basin. Projects range from river, floodplain, riparian, wetland, and upland ecosystems. The result? Enhanced habitat for a wide diversity of fish, wildlife, plants and people. This work is critical for endangered native salmon and bull trout in addition to other wildlife dependent on these important areas. We work in places like the Cle Elum River, Yakima River, Kachess River, Gold Creek, Coleman Creek, Currier Creek, Nelson Creek, Swauk Creek, and so many others. You can learn more about these and other projects at our project page.