Habitat Protection

Protection of habitat is a restoration activity used in natural resource restoration programs across the country and consistent with this, the Trustee Council has provided funds to government agencies to acquire title or conservation easements from willing sellers of land determined to be important for its restoration values. The decision to spend significant funds on habitat protection was included as part of the Council's Restoration Plan in 1994 and further detailed by Council Resolution and federal legislation in 1999. To date, Trust Funds have been used to protect approximately 650,000 acres of land. Links to a catalog of Trustee Council habitat acquisition efforts are included at the bottom of this page. An update is currently being prepared by ADNR.

Through the habitat protection program, over 1,400 miles of coastal habitats and more than 300 anadromous rivers, streams and spawning areas have been protected and made available for public access and activities, including hunting and fishing-related recreation. Small parcels have also been protected, typically encompassing strategically located habitats, such as coves, important stretches of river, the mouths of rivers or land adjacent to valuable tidelands. Many parcels of interest are often close to spill area communities or within already protected areas, such as refuges and parks, and are typically supported by local legislators, city councils and borough assemblies, commercial fishermen, sport fishing and hunting groups. These lands are acquired for their habitat qualities as well as their importance for subsistence and recreational use. Through the program, over 1,855 acres along the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers and their watersheds, including several miles of shoreline, have been protected, as have 3,254 acres along the Moose River, a major sockeye salmon producer that feeds into the Kenai River. Over 170 acres have been protected on the Anchor River sheltering over two miles of river frontage and 500 acres of contiguous intact floodplain communities, thus, providing important spawning and rearing habitat for four species of salmon and the largest steelhead run in Cook Inlet.

Are you a Land Owner interested in protecting your parcel's habitat?

If so, please fill out and submit the EVOSTC Parcel Information Form.

2007 Habitat Catalog

The catalog is currently being updated by ADNR and will become an online, searchable resource.

The 2007 Habitat Catalog is an update of the Habitat Protection and Acquisition Atlas originally published March 1999.

This file is very large, so it has been divided into four separate files for downloading:

  1. Pages 1-36: Title page through Prince William Sound (18 MB PDF)
  2. Pages 37-64: Kenai Peninsula (26 MB PDF)
  3. Pages 65-123: Kodiak Archipelago (35 MB PDF)
  4. Pages 124-153: Resolutions and Appendixes (1 MB PDF)

More information about the parcel protection process.

Murrelet in waterMurrelet in nest A Double Life?
Marbled murrelets, which were injured in the Exxon Valdez oil spill, go out to sea for feeding, but travel up to fifty miles over land to find old growth forests to make their nests. To assist this species' recovery from the oil spill, it was necessary to protect upland terrestrial nesting habitat.