Our Approach

At the heart of GLT’s mission is the identification of lands that merit conservation because of their ecological and community value. For each parcel of land and water on our list, GIS mapping enables us to quantify a spectrum of assets: Andover Drive Wetlands is home to moose; the watershed of Little Campbell Creek is important to Southcentral Alaska’s drinking water supply. Stream corridors like Fish Creek support salmon spawning and parcels such as Near Point offer access to public spaces like Chugach State Park. Next, GLT applies a complex set of tools to place both local and global dollar values on such lands and waters and to offer a holistic assessment of the community’s future needs in relation to these lands. From there, we work in voluntary partnership with private landowners to ensure the conservation of lands and waterways critical to the quality of life for Southcentral Alaskans – today and in the future.

Our most valuable habitat for people and wildlife

GIS Mapping Technology

We use geographic information system (GIS) mapping tools to identify and prioritize land parcels that have significant community and ecological values.

Depending on the focus of the "prioritization maps" we make, lands that rank highly for their conservation value include those that contain wetlands important for drinking water supplies, stream corridors essential for salmon spawning and rearing, important moose or wildlife habitat, and parcels adjacent to or within protected areas that enhance public access.

Using tools like these ensures that GLT is working strategically and conserving the areas that contain the most critical habitats for wildlife and lands most valued by the community.

Mapping Community Assets

Information Gathering

GLT reaches out to scientists, agencies, local governments, and community groups to gather input about the "prioritization map."

Outreach to Landowners

GLT reaches out to each individual landowner whose parcel has been identified as a top priority to see if they are interested in a conservation project.

When a landowner responds, we shift to this phase.

Project Budget Development

Depending on whether it is a large scale community project like the Campbell Creek Estuary or Palmer Hay Flats expansion, we need to develop our project budget which includes legal costs of due diligence, as well as the purchase.

Due Diligence

Next we do due diligence on the property, which involves multiple steps like making sure the property does not contain hazardous materials (or knowing so we can clean it up!), conducting a baseline assessment, title, survey, appraisal, etc.


From grant writing to individual donors, we rely on multiple sources of both private and public funds to accomplish our projects.

Negotiations with Landowner(s)

Landowners voluntarily work with us to conserve their land and we are dedicated to making sure each project meets their individual needs.


Donated/Purchased Conservation Easements, Acquisitions, etc.

Each project is unique and we use many different tools, but the end result is always the same: permanent land and water conservation.

taking care of the lands we have conserved in perpetuity

Annual Monitoring and Stewardship Fund

As part of our fundraising phase we are 100% committed to raising additional funds for the Stewardship Fund for each property. This money allows us to take care of the properties we have conserved, perform annual monitoring visits, etc.

Management Plan

In many cases GLT holds a conservation easement but is not the landowner. For these projects we create a long term management plan, which allows us to employ local people to help us protect conservation values.

Long Term Relationships

At every step along the way, our relationships are at the front and the heart of what we do.