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 »

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 »

State of the Lands 2016

Send us an email if you’d like a hard copy of the report; we are happy to mail one your way for free. The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is pleased to share our 2016 State of the Lands report, our annual celebration of the great work and collective impact of our member land trusts.  Continue Reading »

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board votes to protect over 6,800 acres of ecologically significant land in Oregon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2017 Salem, Oregon: At their April board meeting on Wednesday April 26, the 16-member Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) approved nearly $1 million in grant funding for three projects to protect over 6,800 acres of fish and wildlife habitat for future generations. “OWEB is a critical partner for landowners, land  Continue Reading »

210 Acres in Oregon preserved for public and habitat with support from Land and Water Conservation Fund

The project is the result of collaboration between Wild Rivers Land Trust, Craft3, Meyer Memorial Trust and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service PORT ORFORD (January 4, 2017) – Today, community-based Wild Rivers Land Trust announced the completion of the final step to preserve 210 acres of forestland containing hiking trails, salmon-bearing streams and prime  Continue Reading »

COLT and local land trusts host public tours for community leaders

During August and September 2016, the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts worked with three of our member land trusts to host tours for community leaders and local partners on farms protected with conservation easements. These well-attended and informative tours highlighted landowners who chose to either donate or sell a conservation easement over their farm or ranch, protecting  Continue Reading »

COLT September 2016 Board Meeting

On the 15th and 16th of September, 2016, COLT members met at the Lake Creek Lodge in Camp Sherman, Oregon, for our Summer / Fall board meeting. Beginning with an enjoyable reception on the evening of the 14th at the Deschutes Brewery’s Public House in Bend, the following two days near the lovely Metolius River  Continue Reading »

Land of the giants: The Nature Conservancy leads restoration of old-growth stands in Washington state

By David Plechl   EO Media Group  |  The Daily Astorian Published August 23, 2016  |  Original source article WILLAPA BAY, Wash. — All along Ellsworth Creek, soldiers were slaying giants. The year was 1918, and the enlisted men were part of the U.S. Army’s Spruce Production Division. Their quarry — the thousand-year-old behemoth trees  Continue Reading »