Great Land Trust
Great Land Trust is a nonprofit founded in 1995 by Alaskans for Alaskans to conserve and steward our most valuable lands and waterways in Southcentral Alaska. With the help of our community, GLT has conserved 40 miles of salmon streams; protected unique places like the Fish Creek and Campbell Creek Estuaries; created seven Anchorage parks, and established six access points to Chugach State Park and the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge. Great Land Trust permanently conserves access to healthy places to fish, hunt and recreate, ensuring the Alaskan way of life for future generations.
We found the property by accident in 1971. An ad in the paper offered a plane ride to view a 120-acre parcel of land outside Palmer.
We’d been in Alaska five weeks to teach at a local elementary school and had just begun exploring the area.
Earlier this year we enjoyed an intimate celebration with the Harbeson, Chapman, Barlow family complete with carrot cake, sparkling cider, hugs, and a few proud tears.
In the conference room at Mat-Su Title, with a lovely view of Wasilla lake, we finalized the conservation easement on their historic thirty acre homestead including O’Brien Creek Estuary, overlooking Knik Arm.