Our Mission, Vision & Values
A community partner protecting land, water, and
quality of life through conservation, stewardship
The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) is a viable and
dynamic organization empowering
and citizens to create a landscape that is forever
beautiful, healthy and diverse. Our wealth of clean
waters and natural and cultural resources sustain
native wildlife, strengthen our local economy, and
provide abundant recreational opportunities that
together enrich our experience of the world. As a
respected conservation leader, KLT applies effective
strategies to protect and restore natural areas,
watersheds, heritage lands, traditional farms,
forests and family lands that enhance our quality of
life and foster personal connections to the Keweenaw
for generations to come.
Quality of life depends on the quality of the
landscape. The landscape of the Keweenaw should
inspire our local culture and provide boundless
opportunities for enjoyment and lifelong learning.
We value the integrity of intact watersheds and
ecosystems, new opportunities for public access to
lakeshores and natural areas, and the diversity of
wildlife and natural habitats vital to our region's
quality of life and economy.
We encourage a land ethic in our community that
respects the link between quality of life and the
land itself, with our role as caretakers to leave
the land better for future generations. We want our
community to be engaged in land use planning,
conservation and stewardship of our shared natural
and cultural resources.
We recognize that strengthening connections to the
land fosters an appreciation and desire to steward
our natural resources. People today face
distractions, a diminished connection to nature and
many may even fear being in the woods. All
generations should be engaged in ensuring that
children learn about natural history and find joy
and comfort in natural surroundings as a gift to
carry with them throughout their lives.
We value the choice to protect cherished land and
invest in future generations. Your motivation might
be rooted in a livelihood on a working landscape of
farm or forest, a connection to family lands, or
visits to the Copper Country. We provide options to
protect family lands or leave a financial legacy to
support our work.
We recognize the value of traditional outings at the
hunting camp or to a secret stream or berry patch.
Opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, berry
picking and all healthy connections to the landscape
are important parts of our quality of life and
should be valued and promoted in our community.
We value the capacity of carefully managed forests
to protect water quality, provide wildlife habitat,
sustain traditional hunting and fishing
opportunities, and support our forest products
economy. We believe land conservation and resource
stewardship are entirely compatible with sustainable
forest management and that creative approaches can
enhance recreation, natural resource, and economic