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Governor Kate Brown signs Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program

Salem, Oregon (September 19, 2017): At a signing ceremony today, Governor Kate Brown put her support behind the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program (HB 3249).  This landmark bill creates a suite of tools designed to help farmers and ranchers pass their legacies on to the next generation.  These tools include a voluntary grant match for working  Continue Reading »

Understand Water Rights in Oregon: A guide for land trusts

The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is pleased to share a new practical guide to water rights in Oregon for use and reference by land trusts and other conservation organizations. Written by three attorneys with COLT’s Pro Bono Attorney program, the white paper provides a comprehensive and relevant introduction to key aspects of water law in Oregon, specifically  Continue Reading »

Weekly news posts

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July 31, 2017: Wyden town halls, Young Farmers conference, and more

COLT’s weekly land trust news Monday July 31st, 2017 On a recent tour organized by the Blue Mountain Land Trust, ranchers Cheryl and Robert Cosner of Upper Dry Creek Ranch near Weston in Umatilla County discuss their holistic farming techniques, including controlled grazing for their sheep and cattle on their roughly 600-acre operation. Photo by Alfred Diaz Hi  Continue Reading »

July 24, 2017: New LNCT director, #ForestBathing, and more

  COLT’s weekly land trust news Monday July 24th, 2017 Crews work to restore the floodplain at the site of old gravel pits near the Willamette River in this drone view looking east. The Nature Conservancy’s Willamette Confluence Preserve work will allow the river to weave into the pits south of Springfield. (Rob Romig/The Register-Guard) Hi everyone,  Continue Reading »

July 17, 2017: OCF haiku grants, COLT’s Conservation Law Forum, and more

Monday July 17th, 2017 Recent news piece from KTVZ in Bend on the passing of OAHP, featuring the one and only Brad Chalfant from the Deschutes Land Trust. Hello folks, Two quick things: First, registration for our August 16th Oregon Conservation Law Forum is now open (here’s the draft agenda). Second: OCF is cool; They want  Continue Reading »

July 10, 2017: OAHP passes, Legislative wrap up, and more

COLT’s weekly land trust news Monday July 10th, 2017 If you haven’t heard, the Legislature passed the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program on Friday! Hello folks, Well, with the 2017 Legislative Session now behind us, we can catch our breath a bit, look back on what we accomplished, and get ready for the work ahead. We put  Continue Reading »

End of 2017 Oregon Legislative Session Update

(July 10, 2017) The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session ended with many successes for the land trust community. Since the formation of COLT, this can be considered our most successful, proactive, and engaged legislative session. Not only were we able to usher through a new conservation program for the state (OAHP), but we were also successful in  Continue Reading »

Oregon’s First Voluntary Farm Protection Program passes Legislature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 07, 2017 Salem, Oregon: Today, the Oregon House and Senate passed a landmark bill launching a new farm and ranch land protection program for the state. HB 3249 will create the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program, Oregon’s first voluntary program to help farmers and ranchers protect working lands and the fish and  Continue Reading »

June 27, 2017: Lobby Day a success, OWLD photos, and more

COLT’s weekly land trust news Tuesday June 27, 2017   Last Thursday, 35 people join COLT and our partners for our first ever Lobby Day to advocate for the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program. We met with 70 legislators, and found many new supporters for the program. Check out the great video above about the day,  Continue Reading »