For the past 15 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 where feasible. In addition, we have protected over 4,000 acres through easement agreements. 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 aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna. This work is critical for endangered native salmon and bull in addition to other wildlife dependent on these important areas. We have worked in places like the Cle Elum River, Coleman Creek, Currier Creek, Nelson Creek and Swauk Creek. You can learn more about these and other projects at our project page.