COLT’s weekly land trust news
February 29, 2016
Happy Monday everyone,
It was great for many of us to gather last week in Eugene for COLT’s winter board meeting. Many thanks to the great staff and board of the McKenzie River Trust for helping make the event a success. And a particularly grateful shout-out to Jeff Althouse, CEO of Oakshire Brewing, who not only provided the venue for a fun reception, but also inspired the board with his presentation on Oakshire’s work at Friday morning’s session.
I have included a couple of photos below, and we’ll be sending out a summary of the meeting to the board in the day or so.
Hopefully most everyone has seen our 2015 State of the Lands report, which we released last week. We are grateful to all the land trusts featured through the stories, and to all who made the report possible. We look forward to working with everyone to help distribute it far and wide throughout the year.
Finally, it looks like the full Senate will be voting on an energy bill (S.2012) as early tomorrow (Tuesday). The bill includes an important provision to permanently reauthorize LWCF. Some of you may have seen the Alliance’s recent email on the matter, which brought attention to a potentially harmful amendment being proposed: the Lankford Amendment (#3210) which would place restrictions on federal land acquisition in order to address backlogged maintenance. COLT and a number of organizations have signed on to a recent letter opposing this amendment. Now is the time to amplify the voices in support of unfettered LWCF reauthorizations. Let Sens. Wyden and Merkley know how important this is for land trusts.
Ok, now on to the latest news this week – be sure to check out the heap of good articles that have appeared on the interwebs this week!
All the very best,