Nice article about Columbia Land Trust’s Powerdale project, where they are working to find balance between restoring vital fish and wildlife habitat while creating opportunities for public access for local recreation.
Interesting special report from The Columbian on the Catch-22 of loving nature to death; features the Friends of the Columbia Gorge’s Kevin Gorman
Welcome two new land trust staff
The Lower Nehalem Community Trustrecently hired Kate Morrison as their new Executive Director. Kate brings more than 20 years of experience in fund and donor development and communications. She has worked with myriad non-profits throughout the Northwest, primarily in Walla Walla, Washington, after she graduated from Whitman College. “I’m excited about this new opportunity to help grow the organization and to plant some deeper roots in Manzanita.” Kate is also a professional musician, primarily performing on weekends with Portland-based Kate & The Crocodiles.
The Wallowa Land Trust recently hired Eric Greenwell as their new Conservation Program Manager. Eric comes to the land trust from Southern Oregon, where he lived in the Siskiyou-Rogue River National Forest caretaking a grandfathered homestead and thinning oak forests in the Applegate Valley. Prior to caretaking, he was the development coordinator for a Wallowa County nonprofit and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from University of Idaho, which awarded him the opportunity to live and write at Taylor Ranch in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
We would also like to wish Barbara Edwardson all the very best, as she recently retired as the Acquisition Supervisor for Metro’s Parks and Natural Areas department. A key partner for COLT over the last couple of years, Barbara spent 14 years and two Metro bond measures securing over 6,000 acres in the region. â€œItâ€™s so cool to see a property you acquired get transformed and then open to the public,â€ Barbara said. â€œA thing like that gives you a warm and fuzzy in the heart.” Fortunately for the land trust community, Barbara plans on staying engaged with the Lower Nehalem Community Trust near her home on the coast.
Thank you Barbara for all you’ve done to help protect special places in Oregon!
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.”
Says Matthew Betts, lead author of this recent study and professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University: “It should be quite obvious that forest loss increases the risk of species being listed. But our work provides the first global quantitative link between forest loss and forest species decline.”