Honoring Alice Litton: The Legacy of a Bright Spirit Who Loved Conservation

Alice Litton, who passed away in July of this year, was deeply committed to community and was always encouraging those around her to get outdoors. 

Alice loved hiking, birding and cross country skiing. Friends recall going birding with Alice every Friday. She was active in the Democratic party, fought for equal rights, and encouraged friends to be civically active with her. Some of the causes she cared about included the League of Women Voters, Health Care for All, the Bellingham Unitarian Church and Whatcom Land Trust (the Trust). 

Alice also took the time to show her children the impacts of land development in the area and she was an early supporter of Whatcom Land Trust. Alice first donated in 1996, when the Trust had protected only 891 acres. The Trust has now grown to protect over 26,300 acres – including Squires Lake which was a favorite hiking and birding spot of Alice’s.

Loved ones we interviewed describe Alice as a bright spirit. Her friend Elinore Cottrel said, “she had that sparkle that not everyone has, she was special.” 

Alice was intentional and clear in her values, by how she spent her time, her money and her love. Elinore said that even at the end of her life, Alice was still walking diligently and spent as much time outside as possible. 

It was very important to Alice that land be conserved for future generations to enjoy the outdoors as much as she did. The energy and enthusiasm Alice brought to the 42 years she lived in Whatcom County continues.

With the inclusion of Whatcom Land Trust in her will, Alice generously left a legacy of care for habitat and conservation that will live on forever.

Whatcom Land Trust honors the life of Alice Litton, and all her family and friends who were swept up by her enthusiasm and joined Alice in her efforts. Thank you for your contributions to Whatcom County! 

Alice’s support allows for all donations made before year-end to be matched dollar for dollar! 

Help us meet our December goal of $100,000 to power our work forward into 2023. Your donation is tax deductible and will help protect Whatcom County’s special places forever. Over 90% of our annual operations are funded by supporters like you!

Make a donation or tax-deductible gift of stocks on our website. IRA distributions can be made easily by making a check to Whatcom Land Trust at 412 N. Commercial St. Bellingham, WA 98227. You can even ask your employer to double your gift!

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