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 economic and ecological vitality we enjoy. Whatcom County boasts national forests, national and state parks, a federal wilderness area surrounding an active volcano, more glaciers than any state in the Lower 48, top-ranking raspberry and milk production, substantial forestry resources, hundreds of miles of fresh and salt-water shoreline, a wealth of aquatic species including all five Pacific salmon, a lake that supplies drinking water for over half the population, and recreational opportunities that stretch from the Cascade crest to the Salish Sea. For those of us who make Whatcom County our home, there’s no better place on earth.

But all this magnificence, if taken for granted, could sow the seeds of the region’s undoing. Between 1980 and 2008 the county’s population grew 84%, placing enormous pressure on the priceless natural and historic features that define this place we love. Whatcom Land Trust works to  conserve a landscape that contributes to our collective identity and quality of life.


Twin Sisters and Whatcom County Farmland


Whatcom Land Trust is governed by an active board of volunteers from throughout the county.  The work of a small staff team is supplemented by board members and volunteers. Operations and conservation projects are funded by individuals who cherish Whatcom County, government-based grants, private grants, and landowners who contribute toward the monitoring and defense of their protected property.

Using creative and sometimes complex solutions, Whatcom Land Trust has worked collaboratively with private landowners, communities, public agencies, large corporations and other conservation organizations. Our reputation is built on our ability to provide informed, capable, trustworthy, and flexible facilitation of shared conservation goals.