State of the Lands 2017

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From the ranch operator transforming his grazing approach to revive native prairie, to the land trust whose response to catastrophic wildfire was to ramp up fundraising—not for its own benefit, but for its community’s first responders, this year’s State of the Lands report celebrates the bold work of land trusts statewide.

The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is pleased to share our 2017 State of the Lands report, our annual celebration of the great work and collective impact of our member land trusts.

Send us an email if you’d like a printed copy of the report. We’re happy to mail one your way for free.

 


Be sure to read our inspiring stories:

  • McKenzie River Trust in Eugene honors a river, and its people, with a new riverfront acquisition at Finn Rock Reach which includes habitat restoration, trails, and boat landing enhancements.
  • While confronting wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge, the Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust put community needs first and suspended its own fundraising in favor of soliciting donations—over $46,000—on behalf of Hood River Search and Rescue.
  • The Mountcrest Forest, near Mount Ashland, has been in family ownership for nearly a century and is now a conservation easement with Pacific Forest Trust—ensuring that the property will forever be managed for its wood, wildlife and water.
  • Springwater Park, 211 acres of primarily old-growth forest frequented by otters, elk and a pair of northern spotted owls, marks the start of the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River Corridor and was recently acquired by Western Rivers Conservancy.
  • The owner of Lightning Creek Ranch in Zumwalt Prairie, was curious about The Nature Conservancy in Oregon‘s approach to balanced land management nearby—with carefully controlled grazing—and then sold them a conservation easement that allows grazing, but limits development forever and requires that the land’s management is ecologically sound.
  • To ensure that biodiversity is conserved in a changing climate, scientists at The Nature Conservancy in Oregon assessed and mapped “nature’s stage” and then administered grants, nearly $2 million awarded so far, that invest in protecting these resilient lands throughout Oregon.
  • The path of totality for the August 2017 solar eclipse cut a swath across the middle of Oregon, from the northern coast to the Columbia Plateau. Where to watch? Some people headed to informal skywatch parties on land trust properties such as Greenbelt Land Trust’s Bald Hill Farm outside of Corvallis.
  • As 50 people prepared to walk the first 30 miles of the Oregon Coast Trail, the North Coast Land Conservancy enlisted Oregon’s original public-beach advocate Gov. Oswald West (reenacted by a local history buff)—in a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill—to give participants a memorable send-off.

 

Totality for the solar eclipse photo by Rick Fienberg

The Nature Conservancy in Oregon’s ranch photo by Padriac O’Meara

Western Rivers Conservancy’s fishing photo by Tyler Roemer