February 22, 2016 – weekly land trust news

 


Save the Date: Portland release event March 16th

In anticipation of the release of our 2015 State of the Lands report this week, we would like to invite land trust members, friends, and partners to a release celebration here in Portland on Wednesday March 16th from 5:30-7:30pm at Lucky Lab’s Quimby Beer Hall.
We are very pleased to announce that we will be joined by the new president of the Land Trust Alliance, Andrew Bowman, who will be in Oregon for a few days. We’ll send out a formal invite with more details in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, we hope to see many of you at our upcoming State of the Lands reception in Eugene on February 25th as well.

COLT’s weekly land trust news

February 22nd, 2016

Happy Monday everyone,

First off, a brief update on SB 1517, the wetlands bill moving through the Oregon legislature we have been reporting on. Last week, the amended bill passed the full Senate by a vote of 25-3. It has now been sent to the House Committee on Agriculture and Nature Resources. The committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing and work session on the bill tomorrow (February 23rd) beginning at 8am. As I mentioned last week, in response to the feedback and work of many conservation organizations and partners, the bill has been amended from its original version and now would create a 10-year pilot program in Tillamook County that gives the county authority to add more scrutiny to wetlands work.

If you would like to submit testimony on the bill in advance of tomorrow’s hearing, you can email it to the Committee administrator Dan Roper.

As you read above, we are very pleased that the Land Trust Alliance’s new president Andrew Bowman will be able to join COLT’s upcoming State of the Lands release celebration in Portland on March 16th. Be on the lookout for more details in a formal invitation later this week.

Finally, Kelley and I are putting the final touches on the details for our upcoming board meeting this week in Eugene (once again, here’s the current meeting agenda.) We are looking forward to seeing many of the land trusts together for business, learning, and a bit of fun too.

Now on to the latest news this week.

All the very best,

      –Mike

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