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  • 1. LANDMARKS 12 FALL/WINTERNewsletter for Kachemak Heritage Land TrustHIGHLIGHTSDrying WetlandsAnchor River Project2012 SuccessesSalmon in the Hills
  • 2. Director’s Column Join us on Facebook! Search for “Kachemak Heritage Land Trust.” KHLT Board Members Dotti Harness-Foster, President John Mouw, Vice President Each of our board members reviewed draft Larsen Klingel, Treasurer Scott Connelly, Secretary policy and presented it to their peers on the Donna Robertson Aderhold board. Our Accreditation Team, a smaller Marian Beck group of board and staff, met regularly to Nancy Lee-Evans Rachel Lord review policy and ensure that we met each Sam Means deadline. We reviewed our historic financial records, raised funds to pay for the staff time KHLT Staff and the application fee, had a financial audit, Marie McCarty, Executive Director revised our entire policy and procedures Mandy Bernard, Conservation Director manual, and we have been scanning our Anne Cain, Development Coordinator Rick Cline, Accounting/Grant Manager most significant financial records and all of Patrick Miller, Stewardship Coordinator our land records. We have cloud storage for our documents, have a new office server KHLT Contact Information with offsite backup, and have a finely tuned Kachemak Heritage Land TrustMarie McCarty recordkeeping policy and implementation 315 Klondike AvenueExecutive Director system. While none of this is tied to Homer, AK 99603 (907) 235-5263 | (907) 235-1503 (fax) protecting a specific property, adhering to www.KachemakLandTrust.org best management practices directly ties to our ability to fulfill our perpetual stewardship Credits responsibilities. Cover photo © KHLT, M. BernardO ur Conservation Director, Mandy Bernard, carted three fat flat-rate boxesto the post office on September 1 to submit Our hard work was supported by people like you who understand what it means to be a Layout Design | Debi Bodett CONTENTSour accreditation application to the National steward of land forever. While there is the on- DIRECTOR’S COLUMN.. . . . . . . . . . 1Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The the-ground component of monitoring land THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICEboxes represent 2 years’ work, and we’re to ensure it is not harmed over time, there is WELCOME TO KHLT!. . . . . . . . . . . . 2feeling a suite of emotions—happy, relieved, also the paperwork required to ensure thattired, and excited—as we apply to become each parcel we promise to protect has both DRYING WETLANDSa nationally accredited land trust. Becoming the funds for stewardship and the paperwork ON THE KENAI PENINSULA. . . . . . 3accredited will be the formal recognition that necessary to defend it over time. ANCHOR RIVER PROJECTKachemak Heritage Land Trust meets national PROTECTING OUR WATERquality standards within the land trust So while our accreditation work resulted in AND SALMON HABITAT. . . . . . . . . 6community. There are 1,700 land trusts across three fat flat-rate boxes, it really represents WHAT MOVESthe country and 181 of these are accredited our promise to you to preserve land forever. YOUR HEART?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7thus far. We’re excited to move into the next phase of providing the Kenai Peninsula with our SALMON IN THE HILLS.. . . . . . . . . 9For me, the most profound piece of our professional land conservation services LAND CONSERVATIONaccreditation process was how hard the and again, thank you for believing in our LAST FOREVER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10board and staff worked together to put our mission. It’s an exciting time to be part ofapplication together. The ability of both our Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, and I invite KHLT ANNUAL MEETINGboard and staff to work hand-in-hand on this you to consider increasing your support for OF THE MEMBERS. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10and all other aspects of our organization is a our work, as we work to increase the pace of THANK YOU TOpowerful indication to me of the strength of strategic private land conservation.  OUR BUSINESS MEMBERS.. . . . . . 10Kachemak Heritage Land Trust and our beliefin the organization’s mission and direction. THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10You, as a supporter of Kachemak HeritageLand Trust, likewise play a key role in our Marie McCarty, Executive Director KHLT APPLIES FORsuccess. LAND ACCREDITATION . . BACK COVER1 www.KachemakLandTrust.org
  • 3. Thank You for Your Service Welcome to KHLT!T hank you to Sheryl Ohlsen. Sheryl served as ourAccounting Manager, working W elcome to Donna Robertson Aderhold, our newest Board member. Donna is an environmental scientistdiligently and cheerfully for an engineering and environmentalon KHLT’s finances, and she consulting firm, providing guidance on theled our Accreditation Team regulatory process for a variety of proposedthrough the submission of our development projects throughout Alaska.comprehensive application As a wildlife biologist she believes thatto the national land trust land conservation is one of the mostAccreditation Commission. Sheryl Ohlsen important things humans can do to ensure Donna Robertson AderholdWe are pleased that she is Accounting Manager maintenance of healthy ecosystems for Board of Directorsremaining on our Budget and Investment Committee, future generations. Donna is on the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve’sand appreciate her continuing keen eye for financial Community Council, the Homer library’s landscaping committee, anddetails. Many thanks for all of your hard work, and we is a member of the professional organizations The Wildlife Societywish you the best wishes in all of your endeavors. and Society of Wetland Scientists. Donna has served on various KHLT committees.T hank you to Jamie Grant. Jamie served as ourDevelopment Coordinator, W elcome to Anne Cain. Anne is our new Development Coordinator.working hard with our Anne first appeared on the Alaska scene inDevelopment Committee and 1964, attending Homer High School whenstaff on both our fundraising her parents moved her from Texas as aand outreach efforts. Her teenager.  During her stay, she developedkeen graphic design eye and an intense love of Alaska, and has returnedher background in business numerous times.  Anne has B.A. in English/brought a new touch to Jamie Grant History from Texas A&M University-CorpusKHLT, and one that we really Development Coordinator Christi, and majored in Secondary Education Anne Cain Development Coordinatorappreciated and will continue to incorporate in our work. at The University of Texas at Austin. After anMuch luck at your new position with the State, we wish early, voluntary retirement from her Technical Editor/Writer positionyou all the best.  with UT’s College of Engineering in 2005, she moved to Alaska to work publications contracts with Anchorage engineering firms (three Native Corporations, Crowley Maritime, and CH2M Hill), as well as Nuka Research and Planning Group on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Risk Assessment Project. W elcome to Rick Cline. Rick is our new Accounting and Grants Manager. Before finding Alaska Rick earned his Bachelor of Arts in Finance at the University of Santa Clara, worked as a Financial Analyst for ESL (a subsidiary of TRW), and taught English in Sapporo, Japan, while pursuing martial arts training in Kobayashi-ryu. Arriving in Homer, Alaska by motorcycle in 1992, he was captured by the beauty Rick Cline of Kachemak Bay. For the past eight years, Accounting/Grant Manager he and his wife Charlene have owned and run the outstanding Homestead Restaurant.  LANDMARKS • NEWSLETTER FOR KACHEMAK HERITAGE LAND TRUST • FALL/WINTER 2012 2 2
  • 4. A transect sample of 192 black spruce trees in this photo showed that the median tree age was 32 years. These trees are growing in a drying fenunderlain by more than 16 feet of Sphagnum peat. The peat contained no logs, stumps or woody shrub roots, indicating that this is a “first time” forestgrowing on a formerly soggy peatland. Similar wood-free peatlands have been dated elsewhere in the central Peninsula to more than 18,000 years.Photo shows the Coal Creek wetlands south of Soldotna, looking southeast from the Sterling Highway. photo © Ed BergDrying Wetlandson the Kenai PeninsulaBy Ed Berg, PhD.Ed retired recently from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, where he served as the ecologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge inSoldotna since 1993.I n the mid-1990’s I began seeing some large-scale ecological changes on the Kenai Peninsula. The most striking changewas the massive die-off of mature upland spruce forests In my fieldwork I used two sets of USGS quad maps, one set dating from the 1950s and a more recent set from 1986. My first awareness of the landscape drying came from noticing thatdue to the spruce bark beetle infestation, especially on the many of the small ponds shown in blue on the 1950s maps nosouthern Kenai. More subtle, however, was a general drying longer appeared on the 1986 maps and were now grass-filledof the landscape. As part of my work as the ecologist at the pans. I ran transects through some of these pans, and mappedKenai National Wildlife Refuge, I spent a lot of time exploring the small spruce and hardwood seedlings popping up amongthe two million acres of the Refuge, which spans the western the grass.Kenai from Turnagain Arm to the south side of Kachemak Bay.3 www.KachemakLandTrust.org
  • 5. Old timers in the area confirmed my observations. A horse showed a strong “woodification” of the landscape with treespacker for moose hunters in the Mystery Hills described how it and shrubs colonizing previously open and wetland areas.was hard to find water nowadays for his horses; his traditionalstreamlets and water holes had dried up. Others described For her MS thesis Kacy McDonnell Hillman did a similar aerialhow it was possible to drive 4WD pickups in the summer across photo study, this time adding 1968 photos. Using GIS shewetlands in the Caribou Hills that had previously only been measured the open (treeless) wetland area at 11 sites, and foundcrossable by snow machine in the winter. Residents along the that open wetland loss between 1951 and 1968 was 6.2% persouth leg of K-Beach Road described a shrub invasion of their decade, and was 11.1% between 1968 and 1996. This indicatedwetlands that greatly improved berry picking. Those wetlands that the wetland drying was accelerating, almost doubling onwere now dry enough that berry pickers didn’t need rubber a decadal scale.boots anymore.Workers at the Marathon gas field have been driving MarathonRoad northeast of the Kenai airport for decades; they describedthe vigorous expansion of black spruce “islands” in the large6500-acre wetland complex between the airport and Beaver Old timers in the area confirmedCreek. I compared the 1950s and 1996 aerial photos andsaw that the black spruce islands were growing like rapidly my observations. A horse packerexpanding patches of mold on bread. for moose hunters in the Mystery HillsMany wetlands on the Kenai have halos of small black spruce described how it was hard to find wateraround their perimeters. I was curious to know if these small nowadays for his horses; his traditionaltrees were old stunted dwarfs, growing at the limit of theirwater tolerance, or were they young recruits now growing on streamlets and water holes had dried up.a drier substrate? We ran 2-meter wide transects through threeof these wetland perimeter halos, digging up all the seedlingsand saplings and coring the larger trees with an incrementborer to get tree-ring samples. In the digging process wediscovered that there was no dead wood under these forests; To look at the drying and woodification processes on a muchno stumps or buried logs. These were “first time” forests. longer time scale we took peat soil cores at 18 sites from NikiskiFurthermore, the trees were young and vigorous, not stunted to Homer. Allana DeRuwe Drossus used these cores for herold guys. The median ages of trees at Marathon Road were 65 MS thesis on volcanic ash, but they also provided a look atyears, at Coal Creek 32 years (see photo), and at Brown’s Lake the vegetation history of the wetlands which extended backeast of Funny River 76 years. The very oldest trees dated back to more than 18,000 years. Most of the cores showed that thesethe 1850’s, which was the end of the Little Ice Age and the time wetlands had been soggy fens dominated by Sphagnum mosswhen glaciers on the west side of the Kenai Mountains, such as and sedges; all the woody material was at the top of the cores,Grewingk, began to retreat. consisting of mostly live roots of surface shrubs. We aged the stems of one of the most abundant shrubs, dwarf birch, at threeI became curious about the long-term scale of these changes: sites and found that their median age was 14 years. The factwere we really seeing something new or were we simply in that there were few dead shrub roots or stems down in the peatrather dry period, as part of a natural climatic cycle? Three indicated that these shrub patches, like the black spruce halos,graduate thesis projects with Prof. Roman Dial at Alaska Pacific were “first time” colonists.University provided strong evidence that these changes arenew, and that they reflect the general climate warming and Ice from the last major glaciation began to retreat from thedrying occurring throughout Alaska and other northern central Kenai lowlands about 18,000 years ago, and our oldestlatitude areas. For his MS thesis project Eric Klein picked 1113 peat cores document peat accumulation starting at this time.random points on aerial photos from the 1950s and 1996. He There has been at least one major warm period since then,classified the vegetation at each point as being wooded, open, called the Hypsithermal or Holocene Thermal Maximumwet or water. In the 40+ years between photos the wooded occurring 9-11,500 years, and a general cooling of the climatepoints increased from 57% to 73%, open points shrank from over the last 5-6,000 years. Even the warm period, however, was31% to 20%, wet from 5% to 1%, and water from 7% to 6%. This not sufficiently dry to bring trees or shrubs into these LANDMARKS • NEWSLETTER FOR KACHEMAK HERITAGE LAND TRUST • FALL/WINTER 2012 4
  • 6. (A) This graph shows the mean decline of 3.8 inches of “available water” after the 1968-69 drought. Available water is the waterutilizable for rivers and lakes, plant and animal growth, and groundwater recharging. One can think of this water as the spendablepart of the water budget, calculated as the income (precipitation or P) minus expenditures (potential evapotranspiration or PET).(B) Gray bars show the changes in the two components (P and PET) of available water. Black bar shows the change in available water (P – PET). The primary cause for declining available water is 12% less annual rainfall (by 2.3 inches); the secondary cause iswarmer summers with 10% more evapotranspiration (by 1.4 inches). Data are from the Kenai airport.soggy fens; tree and shrub invasion has only occurred since the where the drying is most intense due to the strong rain shadowend of the Little Ice Age, and especially since the 1970s. of the Kenai Mountains. The black spruce colonizing the wetlands is a highly flammable fuel type. Wetlands that in theWeather records from the Kenai airport show a distinct turning past were firebreaks separating beetle-killed spruce uplands willpoint following a drought in 1968-69 (see graph). Basically the in time become fuel bridges that allow more rapid propagationcentral Kenai has never recovered from this drought, and the of fire across the landscape. Add warmer air temperatures andcontinuing drought has accelerated the drying process which drier fuels, and you have a recipe for more frequent and muchstarted at the end of the Little Ice Age. larger fires. Reduced available water means less streamflow and groundwater recharge, so communities such as Nikiski,People often ask me if the filling in of ponds and the growth Homer and Anchor Point that depend on streams and wells willof forests in wetlands isn’t just a natural process of plant find their drinking water supply reduced.succession? Ecology textbooks describe classical pond-to-forest succession starting with an open pond, then emergent The observed changes described here are small comparedaquatic plants and sedimentation, then peat formation in a wet to the changes forecasted by climate models for the end offen, and finally trees and shrubs recruiting on the peat soil. My the century and beyond, but they can serve as warnings toanswer is, yes, this is classical succession but why is it happening land stewards and resource managers that the landscape isnow, at an accelerating rate, after 18,000 years of stable wet changing and that resources such as water should not be takenfens? Indeed, the same question can be asked anywhere in for granted.Alaska. Similar studies on the North Slope and in the Interior aredocumenting a variety of new processes that haven’t occurredfor thousands of years such as melting permafrost, retreatingglaciers, shrinkage of the Arctic icecap, and alder invasion of the Further information: Berg, E.E., K.D. McDonnell, R. Dial, and A.tundra. These are the faces of climate change in Alaska. DeRuwe. 2009. Recent woody invasion of wetlands on the Kenai Peninsula Lowlands, south-central Alaska: a major regime shiftThere will be some practical consequences of the Kenai’s drying after 18 000 years of wet Sphagnum–sedge peat recruitment.landscape, especially on the central and northern lowlands Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39(11): 2033– 2046.   5 www.KachemakLandTrust.org
  • 7. Cold Water is Critical. The survival and persistence of salmon is highly dependent on water temperature. Research on the Anchor River identifies critical salmon habitat. Thermal infrared imagery (left) with corresponding aerial image (right) showing cold water inputs (purple) to the mainstem of the Anchor River (orange). photo © Cook InletkeeperAnchor River ProjectProtecting our Water Quality and Salmon HabitatBy Sue Mauger, Cook InletkeeperA s water temperatures get warmer in many of Cook Inlet’s streams in the years ahead, cold water areas within astream which are persistently colder than adjacent areas – will south fork of the Anchor River. This exciting technology is an effective method for mapping small-scale temperature patterns in streams. The TIR imagery provides a snapshot ofbe critical to the survival and persistence of salmon. Cold-water stream temperatures at the time of the survey. And althoughfish, like salmon and trout, get stressed out in warm water and temperature values change year-to-year, groundwater-fedbecome increasingly vulnerable to pollution, predation, and cool water areas remain persistent over time. Even in the cooldisease. Deep pools, overhanging vegetation and undercut summer of 2010, the location and thermal influence of 18banks can be important cold-water habitats. Stream areas tributaries, 23 seeps and springs, 11 sloughs, and 9 small sidewith groundwater interactions (i.e. springs and seeps) may channels and drains is apparent in the imagery.also result in measurably cooler water. Mapping these cold-water stepping stones that are needed for salmon to make In 2012, Cook Inletkeeper will collect even more imagery alongtheir way up and down otherwise warming streams is the first 30 miles on the north fork Anchor River and 12 miles on thestep towards protecting critical salmon habitat in this time of lower Ninilchik River. With a treasure map of these cold spots,thermal change. Kachemak Heritage Land Trust will then be able to identify land parcels with critical Chinook and Coho salmon habitat.Cook Inletkeeper, in collaboration with the Homer Soil andWater Conservation District and the Alaska Department of Fish These parcels will be the focus for permanent conservationand Game, began identifying critical habitat conditions for work. This goal can only be achieved through partnershipscool water along the Anchor River in 2006. Based on in-stream with willing landowners. A partnership of local organizationssurveys, overhanging vegetation, which provided shade during working together with individuals in the community providesthe mid to late afternoon, provides some of the most significant a unique opportunity to link state-or-the-art science withcool water habitat for juvenile salmon. conservation planning and land protection strategies designed for perpetual habitat conservation to protect our way of life andIn 2010, Cook Inletkeeper expanded this effort and incorporated a valuable and precious resource that connects all life on thestate-of-the-art technology to map cold-water habitat using peninsula- the salmon. airborne thermal infrared (TIR) imagery along 34 miles of the LANDMARKS • NEWSLETTER FOR KACHEMAK HERITAGE LAND TRUST • FALL/WINTER 2012 6
  • 8. 7 www.KachemakLandTrust.org
  • 9. What MovesYour Heart?P eople like places they love to remain the same forever, whether it’s the network of Forest Preserves near a childhood home orproperty Kachemak Heritage Land Trust owns along the AnchorRiver. For many, it’s about ensuring there are always places ofrefuge. There aren’t many organizations like KHLT set up to imagineso far into the future. It’s that long-term vision that forms the heartof KHLT, and as a KHLT supporter, one that likely is important to you.This past summer, we received a huge vote of confidence in the formof a gift of $25,000 from a wonderful supporter. This anonymousdonor wants the gift to be a catalyst to others to increase the pace ofour ability to preserve land. This donor understands that permanentland protection takes money; and with this large financialcommitment, this donor has cast a strong vote of confidence inKHLT.To honor this generous gift, we’ve set a fundraising goal to raisean additional $25,000 to support conserving the places that givemeaning to all our lives. Please join our generous supporter bysending in an additional year-end gift to help us meet this goal.Your gift will show how one great gift can encourage others and help Your year-end contributionus increase the pace of land conservation on the Kenai Peninsula! will enable us to permanentlyIt’s KHLT’s role to make sure treasured places remain intact for the protect important Kenaifuture, providing places to simply sit and think, play, or remain wild. Peninsula fish and wildlifeYour year-end contribution will enable us to permanently protect habitat and provideimportant Kenai Peninsula fish and wildlife habitat and provideprofessional conservation services to landowners on the Kenai professional conservationPeninsula. Please use the enclosed remittance envelope todonate today. Whatever amount you and your family choose to services to landowners on thecontribute will be greatly appreciated.  Kenai Peninsula.photo © KHLT, G. Goforth photo © KHLT, M. Bernard LANDMARKS • NEWSLETTER FOR KACHEMAK HERITAGE LAND TRUST • FALL/WINTER 2012 8
  • 10. Leading research points to juvenile salmon in unassuming placesSalmon in the Hills By Coowe Walker, Kachemak Bay Research ReserveL ook at the picture below. Do you notice the small stream meandering through the wildflower meadow? Would youguess that hundreds of young traffic and development. Do you have property where there is a headwater stream? If so, then you likely have salmon in your hills.salmon are living there? With the new science that is emerging, KHLT and willing landowners can take steps to ensure that essential elements of the landscape are maintained to keep our headwaters, and salmon, healthy. Why are the landscapes of the lower Kenai Peninsula so productive as salmon habitat? Our research on nutrients and streamside vegetation, shows that nitrogen coming from alders in the surrounding area is a significant driver of stream productivity. Alder is a ‘nitrogen-fixer’, which means that the root systems of alder are able to take atmospheric nitrogenSince 2006, the Kachemak and convert it into a form that is biologically useful. Not manyBay Research Reserve has plants in our landscapes can do this. As nitrogen is typically inbeen leading research efforts short supply in our aquatic systems, inputs of this basic nutrientto learn about these often photo © KBRR become very important to promoting algal growth, which fuelsremote, and previously unstudied areas. We have learned that stream insect (mayflies, caddisflies, etc.) production, which inthese tiny streams at the uppermost reaches of our watersheds turn moves up through the foodweb as food for young salmon.are, in fact, very important nurseries for juvenile salmon. These We now know that alder is important keeping our headwatersstreams are the headwaters that are the origin of our rivers. healthy.Did you know that the headwater streams for many of the Our research has also shown that the tall grasses that grow nextRivers along the Lower Kenai Peninsula are unique areas to find to the headwaters are an important food base. The grass flopsthriving salmon habitat? Most headwater streams are too small, over into the stream, where it becomes the framework for algaesteep, and quickly flowing and are not conducive to juvenile fish to grow on, which the insects then eat, ultimately becomingrearing. Our headwater streams are critical to juvenile salmon food for young salmon. We call this ‘grass fed salmon’!habitat. We have found more than ¼ million juvenile salmonidsthat are using these streams! This research is unraveling how our landscapes are connected to headwater streams. Alders in the surrounding area provideWhat is so important about the headwater streams of the lower important nutrients; grass by the streamside provides aKenai Peninsula? foundation for the food web. We are continuing our research, and as we learn, we will share our findings. By understandingIn most places, headwaters have been considered fishless how our landscapes are connected to headwaters, we canbecause headwaters in most regions are small, steep, quickly make sure that we protect the essential elements of theflowing systems that aren’t conducive to fish. The headwaters landscape that are most important to young salmon. As anof the Anchor River, Deep Creek, Stariski Creek and Ninilchik informed landowner, you are important for maintaining healthyRiver are quite different in that they are important fish rearing headwater nurseries for young salmon. habitat. They are also predominantly located on privateproperty, which makes them susceptible to impacts from high9 www.KachemakLandTrust.org
  • 11. Land Conservation Lasts Forever Thank to our Business Members P lease consider making a lasting gift to Kachemak Heritage Land Trust in your estate plans, included either throughyour will or trust, or through a gift of life insurance. »» »» »» 2-2 Tango Alaska Rivers Company Alaska Timberframe »» Law Offices of Daniel »» Westerburg Loopy Lupine Distribution »» Alderfer Group LLCFor more information on how to make a legacy gift to Kachemak »» Applied Archaeology »» Marine Services of AlaskaHeritage Land Trust please call or email Marie McCarty at (907) International »» Moose Run Metalsmiths235-5263, marie@kachemaklandtrust.org. »» Annette and Marvin Bellamy »» Wilderness Garden Day Spa »» Best Western Bidarka Inn »» North Wind Home »» Bobcat Services Collection Chihuly’s Charters Oasis Environmental, Inc./KHLT Annual Meeting of the Members »» »» Cosmic Kitchen, Inc. »» ERM »» Derry and Associates »» Preventive Dental ServicesT his year’s KHLT Annual Meeting of Members will take place on November 29th at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Centerbeginning at 5:30 PM. »» »» Eayrs Plumbing and Heating ERA Aviation »» »» Seaman’s Adventures Seaside Farms »» Grant Aviation »» SeaULater Charters Alaska »» Andrew Haas and Terri »» Seldovia Bay FerryWe will hold our Annual Meeting, finish the voting process, Spigelmyer Law Offices »» Spenard Builders Supplyand hold a Board of Directors meeting. The two issues that »» Hallo Bay Wilderness Camp »» Ulmer’s Drug and Hardwarerequire voting are the Board Director re-election and Bylaw »» HDR Engineering, Alaska »» Wild North Photographyamendment. Marian Beck and Larsen Klingel are each running »» Home Run Oilagain for a seat on the Board of Directors. »» Homer Electric Association »» Homer Saw and CycleThe theme for this year’s Annual Meeting is: “Local Conservation, »» Homer Veterinary ClinicGlobal Impact: How Birds Tie Alaska to the World.” Our speaker »» Homer’s Jeanswill be Melanie Smith, Landscape Ecologist with Audubon »» Jay-Brant GeneralAlaska. The event will focus on current issues facing Homer and Contractorsthe Kenai Peninsula’s bird populations, and how these issues tie »» Kachemak Bay Ferry, Inc.into broader global bird issues.  »» Janet Klein Thank to our Funders »» Alaska Community Foundation »» Alaska State Historic Preservation Office »» Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund »» Bullitt Foundation »» Community Foundation Boulder County »» ESRI »» Homer Foundation, City of Homer »» Homer Foundation, KLEP Fund »» Homer Foundation, Tin Roof Fund »» Land Trust Alliance »» Pikes Peak Foundation, the Webb Family Fund »» People’s Garden, USDA »» Pacific Coast Joint Venture »» Rasmuson Foundation »» True North Foundation »» U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Coastal Program »» US Fish and Wildlife Services Partners for WildlifeRoger Pearson, former KHLT Board member photo © KHLT »» Vanguard Foundation LANDMARKS • NEWSLETTER FOR KACHEMAK HERITAGE LAND TRUST • FALL/WINTER 2012 10
  • 12. Non-Profit PRESORT STANDARD U.S. Postage PAID Homer, Alaska Permit #67315 Klondike AvenueHomer, Alaska 99603Preserving, for public benefit, land on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsulawith significant natural, recreational, or cultural valuesby working with willing landowners.www.KachemakLandTrust.org Printed on 50% recycled paper. KHLT Applies for Land Accreditation! K achemak Heritage Land Trust, a regional land trust founded in 1989, is pleased to be applying for accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The land trust accreditation program recognizes organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting natural places and working land forever. For more information: Please read the Public Notice of Application For Land photo © KHLT Trust Alliance Accreditation @ www.KHLT.org

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