We live in a special place.
Alaska is home to one of the last thriving salmon populations in the world and in Southcentral, our connection with salmon runs deep. Salmon are part of our way of life, our economy, and our weekly meals.
Conserving salmon habitat to keep it safe and healthy is a priority for Great Land Trust.
We work with willing landowners and other partners to conserve important spawning, rearing and overwintering habitat for all five species of salmon.
Healthier salmon habitat means robust populations returning to Southcentral’s lakes, streams and wetlands and more salmon to fill our freezers.
Salmon are an important shared community resource and you have a leading role to play in keeping runs abundant for future generations.
protecting salmon habitat:
Read our full Prioritization report on Mat-Su Salmon Habitat.
Baby salmon live here:
DID YOU KNOW? Baby salmon live all around us all year long!
In an effort to help the community understand where baby salmon live, GLT is partnering with the Mat-Su Salmon Habitat Partnership on a “Baby Salmon Live Here” educational campaign. We installed “Baby Salmon Live Here” signs along 35 priority stream and road crossings in the Mat-Su Borough to create more public awareness about the salmon growing up in our backyard creeks and waterways. Our hope is to create more public awareness about juvenile salmon, salmon lifecycle, and the need for intact salmon habitat in Southcentral Alaska; and encourage salmon habitat stewardship activities among individuals, landowners, recreational users, and developers.
We are looking for sponsors to help us. We have identified over 100 sites important to salmon all over the Mat-Su Borough and we would love to see our signs at each of them. This year we intend to place 30 signs at salmon crossings. Each sign costs $150. Donate here to sponsor a sign in your neighborhood, or mail in a check to Great Land Trust, P.O. Box 101272 Anchorage, AK 99510 with Baby Salmon Live Here in the memo line. See more at www.babysalmon.org
CROWNING KING MAKERS:
We partnered with The Salmon Project to honor and celebrate everyday heroes protecting salmon habitat. We are recognizing “King Makers”—individuals from landowners to elementary students—for the difference they’re making for salmon where they live. Their actions make sure salmon keep coming back and making more fish for our future. As we like to say, “little actions make big fish.”
You might be a King Maker if you…
- Maintain native vegetation along your waterfront property
- Use non-toxic natural fertilizers on your lawns and in your gardens
- Locate all development 200 feet away from your shoreline
- Regularly maintain your septic system
- Utilize designated stream crossings when out recreating
- Remove invasive plants (e.g. reed canary grass) from your property
- Support local efforts to conserve salmon and their habitat
Your land is special and you have the opportunity to make decisions now that will protect Alaska salmon habitat and our way of life. If you would like more information about conservation options for your family lands or if you want to share your King Maker story with us please contact our Palmer office at (907) 746-6406 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download our Living Next to A Salmon Stream Brochure (Adobe PDF) or email us to request a copy in the mail.
Chickaloon Native Village are king makers
The King Makers of Chickaloon Native Village have brought the salmon back to Moose Creek. The village participated in a habitat restoration project to return Moose Creek to its relic path after being straightened by the railroad nearly 100 years ago. The straightening of the river resulted in bedrock waterfalls that acted as a barrier for spawning salmon. Since the completion of the restoration project salmon have returned to the headwaters of Moose Creek.