President requests maximum conservation funding, boosting conservation in Oregon

President Obama’s proposed 2017 budget includes full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund to advance projects from the Columbia Gorge to Wallowa County For immediate release – read or download pdf version Portland, Ore (February 10th, 2016) – President Obama released his proposed 2017 budget to congress yesterday, calling for millions of new  Continue Reading »

December 2015 newsletter – big win for land trusts!

Today, Congress passed landmark conservation legislation by making permanent the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easements. This legislation benefits landowners like Trey, Tammie and young Cormac Hagen, who protected their land by donating a conservation easement donated to the McKenzie River Trust. COALITION OF OREGON LAND TRUSTS 2015 Year-end Newsletter NEWS AND MORE FROM THE OREGON LAND  Continue Reading »

Congress gives the Land and Water Conservation Fund three more years

Omnibus spending bill includes temporary reauthorization, funding boost for 2016 Portland, Ore (December 16, 2015) – After weeks of negotiations, the House and Senate finally agreed to a deal to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for three more years. LWCF is America’s most important conservation and recreation fund, originally passed by Congress  Continue Reading »

COLT and the Pacific Crest Trail Association push for LWCF reauthorization on public radio

On Friday, August 21st, 2015, the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts‘ Kelley Beamer and the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s Megan Wargo joined with Jefferson Public Radio host Geoffrey Riley on the Jefferson Exchange to talk about the the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For 50 years, LWCF has provided billions of dollars in conservation funding throughout the  Continue Reading »

LWCF – Only 50 days left press release

PRESS RELEASE To serve and strengthen the land trust community of Oregon. F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K F O L L O W on T W I T T E R F O L L O W on the I N T E R W  Continue Reading »

Wallowa Chieftain editorial: Vital bipartisan program merits full funding

Originally published in the Wallowa County Chieftan on May 12th, 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund accomplishes worthwhile objectives, has historically received bipartisan support, and definitely merits renewal. The Land and Water Conservation Fund may be the most popular federal program you’ve never heard of. Relying on no taxes, it takes some of the proceeds  Continue Reading »

Editorial: Vital bipartisan program merits full funding Willapa refuge is among state and local assets sustained by the LWCF

Originally published in the The Daily Astorian on May 5th, 2015 Funding is crucial for Land and Water Conservation Fund The Land and Water Conservation Fund may be the most popular federal program you’ve never heard of. Relying on no taxes, it takes some of the proceeds from offshore oil and gas leases and reinvests  Continue Reading »

Veteran on a mission to save outdoor spaces

By Kyle Spurr – The Daily Astorian – May 1, 2015  Through the Vet Voice Foundation, Matthew Zedwick and five other veterans took a trip to Washington D.C. in mid-April to meet with Oregon senators and discuss reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund. On days when his Army uniform was saturated in sweat from the nearly 120-degree  Continue Reading »

The Land and Water Conservation Fund: Congress Must Act to Fulfill Commitment to Communities

Posted by Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, on April 24, 2015 at 03:36 PM EDT For 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been one of the most popular and effective tools used to protect and restore special places like the Everglades. By reinvesting revenues from offshore oil  Continue Reading »

Portland Park Included in $3 Million Announced to Develop and Enhance Parks, Outdoor Recreation Facilities in Eight Cities

Revenue from Offshore Oil and Gas Royalties Used to Benefit Disadvantaged Neighborhoods with First-of-a-Kind, Competitive Grants 04/21/2015 U.S. Department of the Interior press release. Contact: April Slayton (National Park Service) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced $3 million to assist  Continue Reading »