February 13, 2017: Rec Immunity bills, Land Camp registration and more


COLT’s weekly land trust news

Monday February 13, 2017

Hi everyone,

As mentioned last week, during this legislative session, COLT will be sharing information and news regarding the bills we are tracking. This week, we wanted to bring your attention to two proactive measures COLT and our partners are supporting in the legislature. 

SB 327 and HB 2792 – Restoring Recreational Immunity for Landowners 
This bill would, “extend recreational immunity to employees and agents of owner of land when acting within scope of duties and those with private property interests in land.” This has been an important matter for not only COLT, but a host of other landowners as well. An updated two-page primer summarizes the topic for those new to the matter. Passing this legislation (SB 327 and its sister bill HB 2792) is a top priority for COLT and the coalition involved. (There are two other bills introduced this session – HB 2483 and SB 504 – that don’t go far enough to protect landowners, including land trusts.) The Associated Press recently recently did a nice piece on this legislation and issue, as did the Willamette Week.

Legislative Concept 3461 – Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program
The Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program will soon be entered as a full bill this session, and we’ll share it with you when it does. For those who have yet to read the summary of the legislation, you can find it here. COLT and our partners are hosting a free legislative breakfast for elected officials, staff and partners next Wednesday February 22nd to share more about the OAHP. If you are interested, RSVP here

Besides these, there are a few bills that COLT is also tracking as we are concerned they may adversely impact land trusts and the work they do. In subsequent Monday emails, we’ll share more information on these bills as well. 

Finally, you all probably have heard that registration for the 2017 Northwest Land Camp is now open! Be sure to register early, as we’ll fill up fairly quickly. Check out the draft program to get a sense of what we’ll be offering during this year’s conference. 

On to this week’s news and more. 

All the best,

Mike Running
Communication and Outreach Manager
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