COLT’s weekly land trust news
February 15th, 2016
Happy Monday everyone,
First off, a brief update on the wetlands bill we mentioned last week, SB 1517. After a number of groups and partners testified in opposition to the bill, it has now been amended to create a 10-year pilot program in Tillamook County that gives the county authority to add more scrutiny to wetlands work. SB 1517, as amended, passed out of the Senate Committee On Environment and Natural Resources last week, and will now go to the full Senate for a vote. It will likely be amended again and heard on the House side this week. COLT’s Government Relations Committee continues to track the bill, and we’ll send along updates as they come in. We are grateful for the COLT members who have been engaged in this process.
There is a new website to help tell the story of how Oregon’s working lands contribute to both the environment and economy. Oregon Lands at Work went live last week, and includes a number of stories from land trusts around the state. The website’s objective is to collect and share stories of landowners, landscapes, and partner organizations working to balance conservation and production. Have a gander.
We are looking forward to seeing many of our board members next week in Eugene for our Winter meeting. Kelley sent around the board packet last week (let me know if you did not receive it), and I’ve uploaded the agenda to share.
Finally, here are the dates for the rest of our board meetings this year so you can put them on your calendar:
- April 29th: one-day meeting here in Portland
- September 15th and 16th: two days in Bend
- December 8th: one-day meeting here in Portland
Ok, on to the latest news this week.
All the very best,