The Southeast Alaska Land Trust cooperates with communities, landowners, and others to ensure that habitat, recreation, open space, and historic areas remain in place for the well-being of each generation.
The Southeast Alaska Land Trust will work to sustain the natural character and quality of life enjoyed by the residents of Southeast Alaska by protecting Southeast Alaska’s most wild and beautiful places: our salmon streams, rivers, muskegs, forests, and coastlines: our incredible backyard. We envision a future where open land is abundant, our water is clean, and where healthy landscapes are the norm.
Board of Directors
President – Alex Wertheimer
Vice President – Brock Tabor
Secretary – Nancy Waterman
Treasurer – Jay Nelson
Executive Director – Allison Gillum
Conservation Specialist – Mike Hekkers
Conservation Assistant – Amanda Pilley
In 1995, Sam Skaggs, a resident of Juneau, envisioned a non-profit, community organization that would help land owners in Southeast Alaska take actions to ensure that the natural values of their lands remain in place.
With this vision and the support of a half dozen volunteers, Deborah Marshall established the Southeast Alaska Land Trust as a member supported, nonprofit 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization on September 18, 1995.
The Southeast Alaska Land Trust signed and recorded its first conservation easement in December of 1998. Today we own 14 properties and steward 15 conservation easements plus one deed restriction on nearly 3,500 acres of lands (see Lands we Steward).
How We Work
The Southeast Alaska Land Trust works to preserve our region’s vital natural areas and for present and future generations (see Land Trust Projects). We accomplish this by:
- accepting land donations or purchasing land whether outright or a conservation easement to protect natural, scenic, recreational and/or historical values;
- creating partnerships with local landowners, planners, public agencies, and other conservation organizations; and
- educating the community through seminars, workshops, and other outreach forums.
The Land Trust is a sponsoring member of the national Land Trust Alliance and is an Accredited Land Trust with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Accreditation certifies that our practices meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust, and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.