Well, with the 2017 Legislative Session now behind us, we can catch our breath a bit, look back on what we accomplished, and get ready for the work ahead.
We put together a brief synopsis on our website of this legislative session, highlighting some of the key bills that were passed or deferred. You can read this update here. Particularly given the budgetary situation and political priorities this session, COLT is very pleased of all that we as a community were able to accomplish.
Along with the bills listed in the above link, the Oregon Legislature also included $24 million in lottery funds for OSU Extension to administer a statewide Outdoor School program for its first two years. $24 million less than the full $44 million Outdoor School supporters had originally expected after Measure 99 passed in 2016. However, it likely will take two years before schools across Oregon are fully ready to participate in the program.
In response to the Administration’s recent withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, Fineas Media has a new video grant program for “creative and original video content to fuel an existing advocacy campaign related to climate change.”
NRCS recently awarded a CIG grant to The Climate Trust to help spur development of agriculture and forestry conservation projects by reducing the risks associated with the future value of environmental credits.