February 6, 2017: Feb 22nd legislative breakfast, Bird conservation opps and more

 

COLT’s weekly land trust news

Monday February 6, 2017


Recent aerial photo(s) of Greenbelt Land Trust’s Harkens Lake floodplain restoration projects during winter high water events on the Willamette River.
Photo by River Design Group.

Hi everyone,

The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session officially began last week, and COLT (along with a number of partner organizations) will be engaged over the coming months tracking a number of bills relevant to the work of our land trust members. In coming weekly news emails, we’ll share more information about these bills, including ways you and your organization can help.

Of course, one of our top legislative priorities this session will be to pass the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program, which we have highlighted a number of times in past emails. While the partnership pushing for this program is not able to request programmatic funding this session because of the extreme budget deficit the state is facing, we are optimistic about passing the program itself, which will establish a solid framework for funding of the program in a future session.

In service to this legislative goal, on the morning of February 22nd, COLT and our partners will host an informal legislative breakfast in Salem to share more about the program with elected officials. Keep an eye out for Save the Date email tomorrow with more information. However, if you are just that eager to attend, you can be the first to let us know by registering here. Again, more on this tomorrow in a separate email.

Ok, now on to our weekly joy with the latest collection of news and more below.

All the best,

Mike Running
Communication and Outreach Manager
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