COLT’s weekly land trust news
Monday August 22nd, 2016
Greetings land trusters!
We are happy to report we had an eventful week last week with our second Oregon Conservation Law Forum on Wednesday the 17th, along with two land tours with elected officials and partners: one in Monroe in the Willamette Valley on Tuesday the 16th with the McKenzie River Trust and Greenbelt Land Trust, the other in Wallowa County with Wallowa Land Trust on Friday the 19th. These tours focus on raising awareness of and engendering a conversation around conservation easements in Oregon.
We’ll send out a report on the tours in the near future. A final tour is scheduled on September 9th on the C2 Cattle Ranch in Southern Oregon with the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.
On a related note, The Capital Press released an article last week on easements: Nothing easy about conservation easements. The reporter, Mateusz Perkowski, worked on it over the past couple of months, and quotes three different landowners, Kathleen Ackley and Wallowa Land Trust, two SWCDs, OWEB, ODA, an easement attorney, COLT, and the Land Trust Alliance. It is worth a read.
As a reminder, the deadline to submit pre-proposals for the 5th year of the Oregon Advancing Conservation Excellence (ACE) grant program is quickly approaching, on Friday, September 9th. Catherine Waterston with Land Trust Alliance (firstname.lastname@example.org) can be of assistance if you have questions or are looking for more information.
Finally, a shout-out of congratulations to the North Coast Land Conservancy for gaining accreditation! This is great news, and brings the total accredited COLT land trusts up to 12 out of the 19 we represent.
Please be in touch with any questions or concerns, and as always, best wishes for a fantastic week!