Pictures of COLT’s January 2015 board gathering

 If you have a Facebook account, you should be able to see photos below of our recent board meeting and gathering in Astoria on January 29th and 30th below. Otherwise, this link should take you to the photos if you do not have an account. January 2015 board gathering photos by Coalition of Oregon Land  Continue Reading »

Oregon’s ‘last virgin cove’ protected in wildlife refuge

Zach Urness, Statesman Journal – January 22, 2015 In a step aimed at protecting the last virgin cove on the Oregon Coast, a partnership of government agencies and nonprofit organizations have purchased land in Lincoln County for the highest level of environmental protection. The 13.97-acre property surrounds Whale Cove, 2 miles south of Depoe Bay,  Continue Reading »

LWCF: A Smart Investment for America’s Economy

City Parks Alliance has released a new report, “A Smart Investment for America’s Economy: The Land and Water Conservation Fund,” which highlights the success stories of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in cities across America.  The report details how cities are using LWCF grants to create measurable environmental, economic, and public health returns on  Continue Reading »

Meeting with Representative Suzanne Bonamici

Thursday January 15th, 2015 – Today, COLT staff and members of The Nature Conservancy of Oregon and The Wetlands Conservancy met with Representative Suzanne Bonamici to share stories and priorities around conservation in Oregon. The Congresswoman’s district includes Clatsop, Columbia, Washington, and Yamhill Counties, Southwest Portland and part of Multnomah County. Among the Congresswoman’s committees, Rep. Bonamici is the  Continue Reading »

COLT Releases State of the Lands report – 2014

The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts recently released Oregon’s first State of the Lands report celebrating the collective impact of the coalition’s 19 member land trusts:

Oregon looks at easements to protect working ag lands

Oregon Department of Agriculture News Blog – December 5th, 2014 Popular in other states, the use of easements to protect farm and forest lands in production could give Oregon a strong tool to complement its land use system and ultimately keep those working lands from disappearing. A panel of experts offered a view at this  Continue Reading »

Fate of three proposed Oregon land conservation projects uncertain as federal fund expires

By Kelly House of The Oregonian – December 05, 2014 Three proposed land conservation projects in Oregon have made it to Washington leaders’ desks to compete for money that would protect thousands of acres of wild land from development. But unless Congress renews a program set to expire next year, and then fully funds it  Continue Reading »

Inside the collapse of the year’s biggest tax deal

By Lori Montgomery of the Washington Post – December 11, 2014 Sen. Ron Wyden has so many knives in his back, it’s a wonder he’s still walking around upright. But as his tenure as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee draws to a close, Wyden (D-Ore.) remains relentlessly cheerful. “I understand how sharp the elbows  Continue Reading »

Cut-and-Paste Conservation: Computer scientist Larry Tesler donates 43 acres in Illinois Valley

By Mark Freeman, Mail Tribune Posted Nov. 29, 2014 at 12:01 AM TAKILMA — The man who created the “cut-and-paste” writing feature for computers has cut a piece of the Illinois River Basin out of development forever. Larry Tesler, a one-time Takilma resident who first tinkered with the oft-used computer-editing function while at Stanford in the  Continue Reading »

Great land trust meeting with Sen. Ron Wyden

On Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 23 people from Oregon’s land trust community representing 12 different organizations, along with key business leaders in Oregon, met with our state’s senior Senator, Ron Wyden. The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts had requested the meeting with the Senator to thank him for all his efforts to support conservation in  Continue Reading »