April 18, 2016 – weekly land trust news


You may not be able to pick them out in the photo, but Oregon was well represented last week in Washington, D.C. by Katie Voelke of the North Coast Land Conservancy and Kathleen Ackley of the Wallowa Land Trust at the Land Trust Alliance’s Advocacy Days. Katie and Kathleen, along with the Alliance’s Northwest Program Manager Brad Paymar, were able to meet with most of the Oregon delegation during their time in our capital.
See some of the photos below from their trip.

COLT’s weekly land trust news

April 18th, 2016

Here’s to a lovely Monday!

Hope everyone’s day is as pleasant as the weather right now.

Couple of quick things:

Many thanks to Katie Voelke of the North Coast Land Conservancy and Kathleen Ackley of the Wallowa Land Trust for heading to Washington, D.C. last week as part of the Land Trust Alliance’s Advocacy Days. They were able to meet with Sen. Wyden, Rep. Blumenauer and Rep. Schrader, as well as staff from offices of some other members of Oregon’s federal delegation. The Alliance’s Northwest Program Manager Brad Paymar joined for most of the visits as well. Advocacy Days is a great way for land trusts to connect with elected officials, and COLT was well-represented by Katie, Kathleen and Brad.

Also, COLT held the first of three Oregon Conservation Law Forums last Wednesday here in Portland. With significant leadership and help from Nancy Duhnkrack, along with presentations by three attorneys who volunteer for COLT’s pro-bono attorney program, the forum was a great success bringing together 21 attorneys to talk about legal issues around land trusts and conservation. We will hold two more forums throughout the year: one on August 17th, and one on December 14th.

Now on to today’s Monday mailing. Enjoy!

All the very best,


21 attorneys in Oregon participated in COLT’s inaugural Oregon Conservation Law Forum on Wednesday the 13th to discuss legal issues around land trust work and conservation in general. Among other things, through these forums we hope to help cultivate a peer network of attorneys working in conservation. The next two forums will be held on August 17th and December 14th.

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Some photos from the Alliance’s Advocacy Days
Above: Left, Katie meeting with Rep. Kurt Schrader. Right, Brad, Kathleen, and Katie first met with Sen. Wyden while in DC to talk conservation, then that same evening, they presented an award to the Senator on behalf of COLT and the Land Trust Alliance.

Below: Katie presented a similar award of thanks to Rep. Earl Blumenauer, along with Russ Shay and Bethany Erb from the Land Trust Alliance.

Below: Brad, Katie, and Kathleen took the necessary #PDXCarpet photo in Sen. Merkley’s office in DC.

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