June 12th, 2014 – Corvallis, OR
On Thursday evening, COLT’s Executive Director Kelley Beamer and Communication Manager Mike Running were invited by Greenbelt Land Trust to meet with community leaders in Benton County at Greenbelt’s Bald Hill Farm to talk about private conservation around the state. This was the first in a series of Porch Parties throughout this summer, where COLT will engage with local community leaders and members of Oregon’s land trusts around issues COLT is focusing on.
With the backdrop of Greenbelt’s iconic Bald Hill Farm, Kelley gave a thorough introduction to some of the important community projects Oregon land trusts have completed. For example, she highlighted North Coast Land Conservancy’s floodplain project along Highway 101, which, for the first time in a generation, prevented the highway from flooding in the winter. She also spoke of some of the challenges COLT is facing, which often stem from basic misunderstandings some decisions makers have regarding land trusts and their work.