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 »

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 »

Kilchis Estuary: Staff restore tidal channels, plant 200,000 trees and shrubs

[Original post from The Nature Conservancy in Oregon] Re-Creating Tidal Wetlands Years of planning and mapping have come to fruition with the restoration of tidal wetlands at the Kilchis Estuary Preserve. See Photos of the Restoration Work After removing dikes and re-creating tidal channels last September, water has returned to our Kilchis Estuary Preserve near  Continue Reading »

A Spring Has Sprung

Staff dive into Oregon’s groundwater resources  [Original post from The Nature Conservancy in Oregon can be found here] Their hands were elbow deep in mud and their smiles were as wide as goal posts. On a spring day speckled with snow flurries, Allison and Zach were like two kids playing in a river during the  Continue Reading »

Species On the Move: Mapping Barriers for Wildlife in a Warming World

From Cool Green Science, the conservation science blog of The Nature Conservancy – original post here By Justine E. Hausheer Published on June 29, 2016 As climate change causes temperatures to rise, plant and animal species across the country will need to move as their preferred climactic conditions shift across the country. But just how  Continue Reading »

Bringing Back Klamath Wetlands, One Wocus At A Time

by Jes Burns OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2016 8:45 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon – original source article   The marsh is alive with the chatter of hundreds of birds. They get agitated as Blake Eldridge steers his small boat near a tangle of head-high vegetation on the shore. Just a decade back, this place  Continue Reading »

Reconnecting Rivers, Restoring Life

Green Island and the Willamette Confluence McKenzie River Trust and The Nature Conservancy Eugene, Oregon Green Island McKenzie River Trust Coburg, Oregon Seven out of ten Oregonians live within 20 miles of the banks of the Willamette River. The McKenzie River Trust (MRT) understands the importance of the river to Oregonians, and decided to undertake  Continue Reading »

Editorial: Making conservation palatable in rural areas

Published: March 3, 2015 12:01AM – Read original Editorial from The Daily Astorian Land trusts match environmentalism with respect for private property rights Columbia Land Trust and similar entities have made significant strides in matching funds with rhetoric when it comes to conservation Twenty-five years ago when conflicts over Pacific Northwest logging were at a fever  Continue Reading »

Metro parks and open space boss to helm Oregon’s Nature Conservancy office

Wendy Culverwell – Portland Business Journal Feb 3, 2015 The Nature Conservancy has found a worthy successor to replace Russ Hoeflich, who stepped into a national role. Jim Desmond will helm the Oregon chapter of the leading conservation movement. Desmond is the long-time director of the regional government agency Metro’sRegional Parks and Greenspace Department and most  Continue Reading »

Where rhinos once roamed, a habitat for sensitive Willamette Valley species emerges in Oregon wine country

By Kelly House of The Oregonian/Oregonlive January 29, 2015 In rural Polk County, conservationists plan to shelter Oregon’s streaked horned lark and northern red-legged frog on land where rhinoceros and giraffes once roamed. The Nature Conservancy recently completed purchase of a 470-acre plot near Willamina west of Salem that for nearly two decades served as a  Continue Reading »