New website offers info on Benton County trails

May 18, 2014 9:30 pm • By JAMES DAY, Corvallis Gazette-Times A new website seeks to be the comprehensive guide to trails in Benton County. Therighttrail.org was launched in July 2013. It contains information on more than 300 trails in the county. “Over three years ago the idea came together,” said Elizabeth Records, curator of  Continue Reading »

Columbia Land Trust buys 62 acres on the Long Beach Peninsula

May 18, 2014 7:15 pm • By Shari Phiel of The Daily News Columbia Land Trust purchased two properties earlier this month in the last undeveloped area of Long Beach Peninsula, adding 62 acres to its holdings. The purchased properties lie within Hines Marsh, the largest freshwater wetland area along the peninsula, and are directly  Continue Reading »

Southern Oregon land trust turns to insects to control invasive species

By The Associated Press on May 09, 2014 at 5:22 PM, updated May 09, 2014 at 5:24 PM SPRAGUE RIVER — “Here’s one!” shouted Steve Sheehy, pointing to the ground near a barbed wire fence in the Sprague River Valley. “The questions is, ‘How many flies have emerged?’ ” Victoria Tenbrink called back. Tenbrink, the  Continue Reading »

Landowners Want to See Expired Tax Breaks for Land Conservation Reinstated and Made Permanent

By Ellyn Ferguson, Roll Call Staff, May 2, 2014. (Original article) Supporters of a generous federal tax deduction for landowners who, in essence, donate property for conservation or preservation are trying to persuade Congress to make the tax break permanent. First, though, they have to get it back on the books; it expired at the end of  Continue Reading »

Greenbelt Land Trust adds to Luckiamute River holdings

May 1, 2014, by Bennett Hall, Corvallis Gazette-Times  Cliff Hall estimates that he and his wife, Gay, have planted somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 native trees and bushes on their Kings Valley property, gradually turning the heavily grazed farmland into a haven for all kinds of wildlife. “There’s a herd of elk that winter  Continue Reading »

Esther Lev of The Wetlands Conservancy receives 2014 National Wetlands Award

The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is very proud to announce that Esther Lev, Executive Director of The Wetlands Conservancy recently received the 2014 National Wetlands Award from the Environmental Law Institute. For their nice write up on Esther, please see this link. This prestigious award is a testimony to Esther’s over 30-years of collaborative  Continue Reading »

Forest Protected on Wallowa Lake’s East Moraine

The first step to permanently conserve the east moraine of Wallowa Lake has been taken. 40 acres of mature ponderosa pine and mixed conifer woodlands on the back (east) side of the east moraine of Wallowa Lake will now remain undeveloped and protected for wildlife habitat and sustainable timber harvesting and grazing. In collaboration with a  Continue Reading »

The Wetland That Saved Highway 101 From Flooding – NCLC

April 8, 2014 | OPB – Land owned by the North Coast Land Conservancy plays a critical role in eliminating flooding from a section of Highway 101. Listen to the audio version of this story. Every winter on Oregon’s north coast, the Necanicum River spills out over its banks during heavy rains and swallows the  Continue Reading »

Oregonians support Federal funding for land conservation

February 13, 2014 – New Poll: Nine in ten Oregonians Support Federal Investment in Wildlife Habitat, Local Parks, and Public Lands Portland, Oregon: A new survey reveals that nearly nine in 10 Oregonians (89%) support the continued use of fees from offshore drilling to finance the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which protects rivers and working forests  Continue Reading »

Oregon Chub first fish taken off of the Endangered Species list, thanks to work by the McKenzie River Trust

The Associated Press – Tiny Oregon backwater minnow is 1st fish taken off endangered list – February 04, 2014 – Eugene, OR A tiny minnow that lives only in Oregon backwaters is the first fish ever taken off U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer threatened with extinction. The U.S. Fish and  Continue Reading »