The Mission of the Whatcom Land Trust is to preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship.


Lilly Point

Who We Are

Whatcom Land Trust is a private non-profit organization. WLT is committed to the preservation, protection and restoration of the natural and cultural heritage that has inspired so many people to make Whatcom County home. We strive to protect natural assets that promote the well-being of all the county’s inhabitants.

Preserving the extraordinary natural features that provide the quality of life we cherish–exceptional food, water, recreation and livelihood–requires active choices and enduring resolve. WLT, with the help of landowners, donors and partners, has chosen to ensure that Whatcom County’s unique legacy remains for future generations.

What We Do

WLT PRESERVES intact, functioning ecosystems while we still have them.

WLT works with willing landowners who wish to preserve natural features that provide critical habitat for native plants and animals.  While some preserved properties are open for passive recreational use, most WLT-preserved acreage is set aside as wildlife sanctuary.

WLT PROTECTS vulnerable working lands that benefit humans as well as wildlife. 

Farms and forest lands provide our communities with quality food, water and timber products. Watershed properties are protected to ensure a safe and adequate supply of drinking water for people, as well as quality waterways needed for healthy fisheries.

WLT RESTORES degraded lands, reestablishing functional habitats for diverse species.  

With the help of multiple partners, WLT replaces invasive weeds with native plants that provide food and shelter for mammals, birds and reptiles. Where streams have been diverted into uniform ditches, WLT works to return a natural meander to the stream that promotes longevity and reproductive success for fish and amphibians. We’ve even acquired clear-cut tracts and begun reestablishing the natural forest and vegetation. Restored tracts create vital links between preserves, creating unbroken corridors where wildlife can thrive.