January 25, 2016 – weekly land trust news

 


The seventh- and eighth-grade classes from John Muir School have adopted the conserved Oredson-Todd Woods on the southern edge of Ashland. They work with the Ashland Parks & Recreation and the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy to dig up non-native plants, clear trails, spread mulch and other caretaking tasks. The property was donated in 1999 to the City of Ashland by SOLC.
Read more in a recent news article here.

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,

      –Mike

P.S. I’ll be out all next week, so the next Monday news will be delivered on February 8th.

The Land Trust Alliance’s Director of Communications Elizabeth Ward leads a conversation at the Western State Association meeting in Portland on January 11th and 12th.

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