Our Primary Tools
Across America, people work to conserve the places they value. Every landowner has a deep connection to their land and knows the gifts undeveloped properties provide their communities: clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and great scenic beauty. These places disappear quite often due to a variety of reasons.
Americans who want to conserve their land, turn to land trusts - nonprofit organizations that work with landowners interested in protecting open space.
We live in a rural part of Oregon. We choose to make this our home because of the open spaces, the natural beauty, and the unique and abundant fish and wildlife that share it.
With the support of donors and land owners, the Klamath Lake Land Trust can purchase or accept land donations with the intention of conservation management. Community values and wildlife habitats are key parts of our conservation plan.
Conservation Easements are a legal tool that enables people to preserve natural landscapes in partnership with a land trust, while retaining ownership and private use of their property. Conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements that limit the uses allowed on the land in perpetuity. Klamath Lake Land Trust focuses on developing easement partnerships with interested landowners that prioritize protection of wildlife habitat, forest, riparian areas, sage steppe, wetlands, and rivers. Landowners who have conservation easements have an opportunity to benefit from tax incentives while establishing a legacy of permanent land conservation.
The Klamath Lake Land Trust facilitates/manages restoration of lands that would benefit from intervention. The overarching goal is to bring back historic and/or desired future conditions.
KLLT uses public education to increase awareness about the natural values in the Upper Klamath Basin. Every summer KLLT organizes a Hike Series that includes a variety of outings and difficulty levels. Each hike is led by an expert and is educational in nature. KLLT also participates in community events like Winter Wings, The Link River Festival, International Migratory Bird Day, and The Redband Rodeo; and we reach out to youth through the Klamath Falls School District's "Give Back Day."