COLT’s weekly land trust news
January 25, 2016
Happy Monday folks,
Looks like the full US Senate this week will take up S.2012 – the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. This bill was crafted by Sens. Murkowski (R-AK) and Cantwell (D-WA), and contains language that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. If you remember, at the end of last year Congress gave LWCF three additional years, so permanency is still a policy priority for COLT and partners across the country.
According to news reports last week, the Energy bill will be open to amendments on the floor, making the debate interesting for sure. COLT is working with Senate staffers to maintain the integrity of the LWCF language. Both Sens. Murkowski and Cantwell want the bill passed as is, and will champion permanent reauthorization of LWCF. Debate is expected to begin on Wednesday, and we’ll keep members apprised of the matter.
On another note, Kelley and I joined staff and board members from five other western land trust state associations for a two-day meeting here in Portland on January 11th and 12th. Organized by the Land Trust Alliance’s Western Program, the opportunity to gather and discuss issues relevant to our collective work supporting land trusts in our states was very valuable. Besides us Oregon folk, we had Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, and California state associations here for the meeting. Thank you to Brad Paymar, Catherine Wasterston, Wendy Ninteman, and Shannon Meyer of the Alliance for organizing the two days.
All the very best,
P.S. I’ll be out all next week, so the next Monday news will be delivered on February 8th.