Aug 22, 2016 – weekly land trust news



This great shot of the Confluence of the Lostine and Wallowa Rivers, over the Wolfe Farm was captured by Jim Freese, Wallowa Land Trust volunteer.

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 ( 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!

Warm regards,

On Friday August 19th, COLT and the Wallowa Land Trust hosted a tour for elected officials and partners on the Wolfe Farm to talk about conservation easements on working lands in Oregon. In the photo from left to right, Karen Wagner (field staff with Sen. Merkley), Kathleen Ackley (Wallowa Land Trust Executive Director), Oregon State Senator Bill Hansell, Oregon State Representative Greg Barreto, and former Wallowa County Commissioner Mike Hayward listen to Heidi McRoberts with the Nez Perce Tribe (not pictured) talk about the Tribe’s interest in the Wolfe Farm easement. We’ll offer a full report on this tour, along with the two others COLT is helping to host this summer, in the coming while.

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