Where We Work

WLT’s conservation projects range from simple donations of conservation easements to complex public-private partnerships to acquire land for wildlife habitat, parks and farmland. Whatcom Land Trust has completed 150 conservation transactions over the past 30 years.

North Fork Eagle Reserve

Our conservation plan focuses on four targets: 1) intact, functioning ecosystems 2) farms and other working lands 3) salmon, eagle and elk habitat 4) shorelines.

We have worked successfully with private land owners, state and local governments, Native American tribal governments, Western Washington University, large corporations such as ARCO, British Petroleum and B.C. Hydro, and timber companies, including Crown Pacific, and Hampton and Affiliates.

Whatcom Land Trust and the Lake Whatcom Watershed: Whatcom Land Trust’s work within the watershed began in 1990 when it received a conservation easement donation in the memory of Earl and Pearl Hegg. Whatcom Land Trust now stewards 1,476 acres of land in the watershed including Stimpson Family Nature Preserve, the trailhead portion of Lookout Mountain Preserve, and Ladies of the Lake Preserve. These properties welcome visitors and encourage low-impact recreation and wildlife observation in the natural areas so important to watershed health. A healthy watershed is critically important to ensuring the prosperity, vision and quality of life in our community. Read more here about Whatcom Land Trust’s work in the watershed to fulfill this vision.

Mt Baker from Lily Point Marine Reserve

Mt Baker from Lily Point Marine Reserve

Properties preserved (functioning, intact ecosystems):


Lake Whatcom Watershed: Lake Whatcom Watershed
Bellingham area: Stimpson Nature Reserve
Deming area: Canyon Lake Old Growth Community Forest
Strait of Georgia: Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve
Chuckanut Bay: Clark’s Point
Acme: Nesset Farm
Birch Bay: Arco Blue Heron Nesting Colony
Point Roberts: Lily Point Marine Reserve
Welcome: North Fork Eagle Reserve 

Properties protected (working lands providing food, water and other resources for our community):

Laurel: Miller Farm
Throughout the county: Ag PDR (Farmland conservation)
Lake Whatcom watershed: Watts Family Preserve

Properties under restoration (altered or degraded habitats in rehabilitation):

South Fork Nooksack River: Catalyst 
North Fork Nooksack River: Maple Creek Reach Preserve