The Mission of the Whatcom Land Trust is to preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open space lands in Whatcom County for … [Continue Reading]

Ways to Give

Your ongoing financial support allows Whatcom Land Trust to connect our community to the forests, parks, agricultural lands, rivers, and marine … [Continue Reading]

Twin Sisters and Whatcom County Farmland


Q: What is Whatcom Land Trust? A: Whatcom Land Trust is a nonprofit organization. We work with local landowners to help protect the natural values … [Continue Reading]


Whatcom Land Trust is dependent on community support to carry out our mission. Many of our volunteer opportunities involve restoration work and … [Continue Reading]

About Us

Whatcom County enjoys a wondrous, bountiful and varied landscape, matched by few in America. Rich soils, deep forests and abundant water underlie the … [Continue Reading]


Thanks to all those who came out to Whole Foods in support of our mission.

Make a Difference

Give the Gift of Conservation

Whatcom Land Trust supporters share stories of their special places in Whatcom County and why they are so important to them and our community.

See how you can make a difference and how you too can LOVE THIS LAND!

Land Trust friends & supporters,

The end of the year is a special time for all of us here at the Whatcom Land Trust.  Not only do we have the approaching holidays, and people are stopping by to say hello, but our appeal is in full swing and gifts of support are coming in.  Nothing says ‘thank you’ or ‘good work’ more than a gift to keep us protecting and stewarding land in Whatcom County.  For all of you who have supported our work, or are considering doing so in the future, thank you!

As with many nonprofits at this time of year, we discuss the reason for contributions.  For some, it’s the season of giving, for others, the end of the tax year.  We generally believe people support us because of what we do, but with the finalization of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in Washington DC, that premise is about to be tested.  Not just for the Land Trust but for all the important nonprofits and issues (land, arts, social and many other needs) that are important to us and so generously supported by our community.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubles the standard deduction.  Starting next year, the standard deduction will be $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly.  This means fewer people will be able to itemize their deductions and taxpayers will no longer get value from deducting charitable donations in the future.  According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, about 30 percent of tax filers currently itemize their deductions and the pending change will cause 20 million or more to switch to the standard deduction.  Some predict that once this benefit is no longer available, this will have consequences on charitable giving?  The majority of the bill’s provisions kick in after the New Year, though many individual tax cuts, including the standard deduction’s doubling, are scheduled to sunset after 2025.

As we approach the end of 2017, it is a good time for everyone (including me) to reflect on why we give, how this new tax act will affect both you and the organizations you support, and perhaps to check with your financial advisor now on how to best adapt to these changes and support your priority interests in the future.

Whatever your reason for giving, know that here at the Land Trust we appreciate every dollar, every acre, and every indication of support – no matter the size.  At the end of the day, or the end of the year, your support for our work keeps us going, and brings a special glow of warmth to our office and efforts regarding land and special places here at home.

From all of us, thanks again for your support and involvement and Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to each of you for this Holiday Season!

Rich Bowers, Executive Director


Why do you love Whatcom’s special places?

Your answer is likely very personal, rooted in your intimate experiences of nature and wilderness — and often encounters shared with family, good friends, and neighbors. Here in Whatcom County, your experiences and the stories about them may be rooted closer to home: working on the land, sitting on a stream bank alive with salmon, or enjoying a breathtaking sunset over the Salish Sea. Your stories, like the places you love, define who you are and what you care about. When shared, your stories connect us to each other, they create a legacy for you and yours, and they express the full meaning of community here at home. Read More

Your gift to Whatcom Land Trust this year will deepen your story of connection, gratitude and action on behalf of the Whatcom lands you love.

As you determine your year-end charitable gifts, please consider why your investment – and our collective investment in Whatcom Land Trust matters, now more than ever. It’s all about optimism and the future, leaning our shoulders and spirit into the good, hard work of land preservation. I invite you to join me in making a generous tax-deductible donation today to meet our $160,000 year-end goal. This is your gift of optimism and unity of spirit to future generations of people, land and species that will continue the work and the stories we begin today. AND all new and augmented gifts – any amount more than your last gift – will be matched by a group of generous donors as committed as you are to Whatcom’s special places.

Thanks in advance for your gift and your support. See you on the land!


Get more information

Registration for the 2018 Amphibian Identification and Survey Training Has Begun!

For more information visit our events page.

Business Conservation Leaders Breakfast

Thanks to all who joined us to celebrate and say thank you to Whatcom Land Trust’s business champions for land conservation at our Nov 9 Business Conservation Leaders Breakfast. And thank you to our event sponsors, Boundary Bay Brewery, Moceri Construction, Harmony Motorworks and Adventures NW.

Read more and view more photos from the event here.



For immediate release July 11, 2017

On June 30th, 2017 the Whatcom Land Trust, working with a number of partners, announced the purchase of 11.5 acres of the California Creek Estuary, located in the Drayton Harbor Watershed. According to Whatcom Land Trust Conservation Director Gabe Epperson, “The California Creek Estuary property is a critical link in protection of bird and salmon species in northern Washington. This property includes the mouth of the estuary and thus is a vital link to Drayton Harbor and the protection of its tidelands and vulnerable wetlands ecosystems.” Read More

Northern Light Press Article

Read Bellingham Herald Article

Find Out More About Estuaries.

Whatcom Land Trust conserves the special places of Whatcom County: our Lake Whatcom watershed, park and farmlands, fish & wildlife habitat, shorelines and so much more .  




E-newsletter: Want to stay up to date on our latest conservation projects and events? Sign up for our events e-newsletter.

Events page: Information about upcoming events, from family-friendly outings at county parks to our seasonal art walks.

Stewardship page: Sign up for a work party! Help us enhance and restore fish and wildlife habitat throughout Whatcom County.

Volunteer page: There are lots of ways to get involved, from wildlife surveys to event support and administrative tasks around the office.