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About the Keweenaw Land Trust

The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) is a community partner protecting land, water, and quality of life through conservation, stewardship and education. KLT was founded as a non-profit charitable organization in 1996 by local residents with a vision and love for the Copper Country. KLT applies effective strategies to protect and restore natural areas, watersheds, heritage lands, traditional farms, forests and family lands that enhance our quality of life and foster personal connections to the Keweenaw for generations to come. We strive to create opportunities for public access and low-impact recreation and to balance protection of natural resources with sustainable local economies across the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our land conservation program involves working with willing landowners to create permanent protection agreements for private lands, known as conservation easements, as well as to establish public nature preserves through land purchases and donations.

KLT works with partners to offer outdoor activities and learning experiences with a goal of strengthening connections between people and the natural world. The Trust seeks to build a community in which people recognize native plants and animals by name, learn about our land and water from those who lived here before us, enjoy being outside in all seasons, weather and even darkness, and know how to use resources wisely and to treat land and water with respect.

KLT is part of a national land trust movement that includes thousands of land trusts across the United States and Canada that together protect millions of acres of land. The Land Trust Alliance provides leadership, support, and resources to member organizations across the continent, including KLT, which adhere to their high standards and recommended practices for the ethical operation of land trusts. KLT is governed by a dedicated volunteer board of directors and has a small, committed staff. The Trust relies on contributions from the public, fundraising events, grants and member support to carry out programs. By supporting KLT, members contribute to the character, beauty, natural heritage, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities of the region and help create greater awareness of the value of conservation. Most importantly, members gain the knowledge that they are leaving a lasting legacy on the landscape of the Keweenaw.

To become a member or give a gift membership please visit our Membership page.



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