History of Whatcom Land Trust


In March, 1983, nearly 50 people gathered for a seminar in the basement of the Dutch Mothers Restaurant in downtown Lynden, Washington, an agricultural community in the heart of Whatcom County. Together, they learned about ways a land trust might preserve Whatcom County’s agricultural heritage. Having obtained 501 (C)(3) non-profit status, the first “official” board meeting of the Whatcom Land Trust met in November, 1984. Some of the people who were instrumental in the creation of the Whatcom Land Trust continue to donate their time and financial support as active participants in our work.

Using creative and sometimes complex solutions, Whatcom Land Trust has worked collaboratively with private landowners, communities, public agencies, and other organizations to ensure that those natural resources that have sustained us in the past continue to enhance our quality of life.  Our reputation is built on our ability to provide informed, capable, trustworthy, and flexible assistance to private landowners, community groups, government, and other conservation partners to achieve our shared conservation goals.  We foster and reflect a strong land ethic through our land conservation and stewardship education programs.  Whatcom Land Trust helps leave a landscape that contributes to our collective identity and quality of life by supporting sustainable land use practices.