December 2015 newsletter – big win for land trusts!

Today, Congress passed landmark conservation legislation by making permanent the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easements. This legislation benefits landowners like Trey, Tammie and young Cormac Hagen, who protected their land by donating a conservation easement donated to the McKenzie River Trust.


2015 Year-end Newsletter


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2015 Conservation victories!

The land trust community in Oregon came together this year and rallied support to achieve two big victories at the end of the year: permanency for the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easement donations, and renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Easement incentive made permanent 

LWCF extended for 3 more years

After a 10-year, hard-fought effort by land trusts and our champions, Congress voted this week to make permanent the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easement donations. The tax incentive allows landowners to deduct a larger share of their income over a longer period of time. In Oregon, the incentive has helped landowners protect thousands of acres of working lands and wildlife habitat from development. Permanency is a big victory for the charitable community and for our hard working partners at the Land Trust Alliance.
Over the past year, Oregon’s land trust community acted as one voice to advocate for the permanent reauthorization of and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Our members met with elected officials, wrote letters to local papers, and published articles to highlight projects at risk and demonstrate the impact of LWCF in Oregon. This hard work paid off this week when Congress voted to renew LWCF until 2018, and boost funding levels for 2016 by 50% to $450 million.

Oregon partnership logos

To help promote permanency for the easement incentive, the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts facilitated a strong and effective partnership with in Oregon with the Oregon Food Bank, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and Philanthropy Northwest to jointly advocate for permanent charitable incentives important to our organizations: food donation, conservation incentive, and charitable donations. See our joint statement on today’s victory.
We are grateful for this effective partnership.

Kelley and Wyden press

Kelley Beamer, Executive Director of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, spoke in support of the easement tax incentive at a joint press event with Senator Ron Wyden held at the Oregon Food Bank on December 12th. As ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senator’s strong support for permanent incentives was key in getting the legislation passed.

State Representative
supports Oregon’s land trusts

Representative Lew Frederick joined with the COLT board last month to recognize the need for land trusts and conservation in Oregon. “I consider land trusts as part of a comprehensive approach to conservation,” he said to the COLT board, partners and supporters at an evening celebration at Dig-a-Pony. Rep. Frederick’s full remarks can be read here. We were inspired by his eloquent words.
The COLT board met in early November in Portland for our final board meeting of the year. These gatherings give us time to discuss issues important to land trusts in Oregon, and help facilitate fellowship, peer mentoring, and networking opportunities. Below, Connie Best, co-CEO of Pacific Forest Trusttalks about their work in Oregon.
Rep. Frederick
Board meeting

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Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts

Please consider supporting Oregon land conservation with a year-end gift to LogoCOLT. Oregon’s land trusts bring people together to make investments that change communities. By donating to COLT, you are ensuring that your money stays in Oregon to help ALL Oregon land trusts protect our iconic landscapes – rich in history, natural resources, breathtaking views and recreational opportunities – for future generations. Please consider donating to support the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts. Thank you!

Channel logs, high water
After installing dozens of logs over the summer in an old Lower Hood River channel they reopened, Columbia Land Trust was pleased to see the fruits of their hard labors with the recent rains in western Oregon. Read more about it.

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Columbia Land Trust’s Glenn Lamb with his his doppleganger, @Nature_Glenn. CLT’s creative (and effective) social media campaign for #GivingTuesday earlier in the month was one of many efforts by land trusts across the state.
Check out Portland Monthly’s recent story on @Nature_Glenn.

Land Trust jobs

Be sure to keep up with our website for the latest

New videos highlight Oregon conservation


TNC video

Take a look at The Nature Conservancy’s restoration efforts near the confluence of the Middle and Coast Forks of the Willamette in their recent video, Change the Channel.

Oregon's Oak A Vanishing Legacy HD

A beautiful new video on the importance of the imperiled Oregon white oak, “Oregon’s tree”. From the Yamhill Watershed Partnership Fund.

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Nature Rx Part 2: Discover your dose of nature.

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