We are pleased share our two keynote speakers for the upcoming Northwest Land Camp, April 10th-12th. Octaviano Merecias (left) will open the conference for us on Tuesday morning, April 11th. He is the Policy & Civic Engagement Manager for the Latino Network, and will share with us insights and lessons learned from his nearly 20 years engaging the Latino community with organizations and agencies in Oregon. On Wednesday the 12th, Pacific Northwest writer Kim Stafford (right) will close Land Camp with inspiration, stories and poetry. Among many other roles, Kim runs the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College.
We look forward to these inspiring leaders sharing with participants at Land Camp. See the program for more details of the conference.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to register while there’s still space!
Last Wednesday, COLT and our partners held an informational breakfast for legislators on the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program. We had a good turn out, with seven elected officials and staff from four other offices, along with a number of partners and members of the public. We should have a House bill to share any day now, with Rep. Brian Clem as the lead sponsor. We are currently seeking cosponsors in advance of the full bill.
A few photos of the event to share:
The OAHP briefing with representatives of the workgroup: COLT, TNC, the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts, the Oregon Farm Bureau, Sustainable Northwest, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, and landowners.
Jerome Rosa, director of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, and Mary Anne Nash, public policy counsel for the Oregon Farm Bureau, help introduce the OAHP program and why Oregon needs it now.
The director of COLT, Kelley Beamer, explains some of the components of the program, as well as how it will help match federal funding for agriculture conservation in Oregon.
John O’Keeffe, rancher and president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, and Doug Krahmer, blueberry farmer in the Willamette Valley, eloquently shared why this program is needed for farmers.