State of the Lands 2016

From working with the tribal community, to helping farmers, to conserving a legacy on the Rogue River, this year’s State of the Lands report celebrates the bold work of land trusts. Click the image to read the full report.

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The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is pleased to share our 2016 State of the Lands report, our annual celebration of the great work and collective impact of our member land trusts.

Land trusts are not only adding to the legacy of conserved lands in Oregon by protecting over 345,000 acres of habitat, farms, and forests, but they are also engaging more and more people in their work. This third edition of the State of the Lands features stories of land trusts engaging with local communities throughout the state.

Butterfly fun on a Deschutes Land Trust hike.

In 2016 alone, land trusts touched nearly 70,000 people through tours and events, more than double the previous year. As the final story in the State of the Lands report highlights, more engaged people results in more protected land throughout Oregon.

Be sure to read all the stories in the report:

  • The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy drew substantial community support to protect the Heart of the Rogue.
  • The North Coast Land Conservancy is working to conserve the “Coastal Edge“.
  • The Wetlands Conservancy is listening to ranchers and partners in Harney County to develop a collaborative wetlands vision to conserve water and wetlands.
  • The McKenzie River Trust worked with the Siletz Tribes to conserve key salmon habitat, bringing it back into tribal ownership and restoring tribal traditions.
  • The Wallowa Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy are focusing on farmers in Wallowa County to protect farmland and help improve agricultural operations at the same time.
  • Land trusts throughout the state are helping people connect with protected landscapes with over 800 tours and events, engaging nearly 70,000 people in 2016.