January 9, 2017: RCPP webinar, WRLT and KLLT in the news, and more 


COLT’s weekly land trust news

Monday January 9th, 2017

They did it!! Southern Oregon Land Conservancy exceeded their 18-month fundraising goal of $3.5 million by December 31, 2016. This will allow them to acquire (and steward) the 352-acre Rogue River Preserve. Congratulations!

Hi everyone.

First off, a short announcement for an upcoming webinar the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is hosting:

Funding Land Conservation in Oregon with RCPP
January 25, 2017 from 12-2pm

To register for this free webinar, please click here:

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is an NRCS program authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill. In this webinar, we will learn more about RCPP from two land trusts that have submitted successful proposals: The Gallatin Valley Land Trust (MT) and The Nature Conservancy of Oregon. Discover how RCPP can leverage funding for Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and stewardship projects on the ground.

After reviewing these two case studies above, NRCS staff then will walk through components of the application and provide tips on how to prepare a successful application. The announcement for program funding for FY 2018 is expected within the next few weeks, so this webinar is a timely opportunity to learn how RCPP can be a good source of conservation funding here in Oregon.

Presenters will include:

  • Derek Johnson, The Nature Conservancy of Oregon
  • Brendan Weiner, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Montana
  • Loren Unruh, NRCS Oregon

Many thanks to Shawn Morford at the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils for the use of their webinar platform.

And, in case you missed the good news in last week’s news, the The Nature Conservancy of Oregon and the Wallowa Land Trust were part of a partnership in NE Oregon that was recently awarded $3.2 million in RCPP funding.

And now on to the rest of this week’s news.

Best wishes,

Mike Running
Communication and Outreach Manager

Oregon Land Trust News

Bear Creek on the McGribble property, now protected in thanks to the diligent work of the Wild Rivers Land Trust.  As their conservation director, Jerry Becker, said, “Three years ago, we took an important first step to preserve the Bear Creek McGribble property and now, with the transfer to the U.S. Forest Service, that process is complete.”

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A love note to Oregon

If you haven’t done so this year yet, this new drone video (A love note to Oregon) will make you fall in love with Oregon all over again.


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