Wenatchee Foothills Campaign Summary

The Wenatchee Foothills anchor a distinctly livable community. With their scenic beauty, wildlife, and network of trails and open space – the Foothills are for everyone. The Wenatchee Foothills represent:

  • A striking landscape: from captivating peaks to colorful wildflowers
  • Pristine natural areas: critical wildlife habitat that connects to stunning backcountry
  • Nature close to home: convenient access and trails for hiking, biking, and exploring
  • An economic generator: a setting that attracts talent and tourism
  • An outdoor classroom: inspiration to understand and appreciate nature all around us

Over the years, Wenatchee has grown from its core, and the Foothills are under pressure from new development. Through extensive community planning efforts, including the Foothills Community Strategy, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and The Trust for Public have identified and prioritized key properties in the Foothills to protect and care for. With the involvement of developers, realtors, conservationists and 1600 citizens, the Strategy balances the needs of new growth with recreation, wildlife, and other community values.

Our Plans

Today we stand at a convergence of opportunities: community buy-in, prioritized projects, and willing landowners. The Wenatchee Foothills Campaign permanently protects strategic properties in the Foothills for community use and access, wildlife habitat, and connectivity with the public lands behind them.

Through this visionary effort, conserved acreage in the Foothills more than doubles, ensuring future generations can enjoy the same striking viewscapes and natural areas we do today. The campaign also includes critical funding for the ongoing care and stewardship of these properties as well as trail restoration. 

Campaign Budget

Land acquisition & transaction costs   $5,606,000
Stewardship & Saddle Rock trail restoration   $2,024,000
Campaign costs (outreach & fundraising)   $515,000
Total    $8,145,000

Join Us

We have the expertise, leadership, and vision to protect and care for key properties and recreational trails throughout the Wenatchee Foothills. In the end, we will accomplish much more than can be shown on a map. We will galvanize all who care about this region to take part in its care—for today and for future generations.

Our Leadership

Campaign Steering Committee Co-Chairs
Todd Kiesz, Eliot Scull, Rufus Woods

Campaign Steering Committee Members
Peter Bauer, Penny Carpenter, Jesus & Melissa Hernandez, Charlie Naismith, Bob Ogburn, Jim Russell, Peter Rutherford, Mark Shipman, Hans van Someren Gréve

Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Staff
Bob Bugert: Executive Director, Sharon Lunz: Communications & Development Director

The Trust for Public Land Staff
Mike Deller: Washington Director, Alex Johnston: Director of Philanthrop

Campaign Endorsers

Si Bautista   Pat & Dave Notter
Jim & Lynn Brown   Bob & Linda Parlette
Ed Farrar   Terry & Suzanne Sorom
Norm Gutzwiler   Russ & Jean Speidel
Heather Hansen   Beth & David Stipe
Marc & Karen Heminger   Dalton & Pam Thomas
Sharon Kanareff   Earl & Barbara Tilly
Shaun & Kathleen Koos   Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce
West & Courtney Mathison   Bob Wilt
John & Betsy McDarment   Wilfred & Kathy Woods