July 31, 2017: Wyden town halls, Young Farmers conference, and more

COLT’s weekly land trust news

Monday July 31st, 2017


On a recent tour organized by the Blue Mountain Land Trust, ranchers Cheryl and Robert Cosner of Upper Dry Creek Ranch near Weston in Umatilla County discuss their holistic farming techniques, including controlled grazing for their sheep and cattle on their roughly 600-acre operation. Photo by Alfred Diaz

Hi folks,

A few things first off before heading into this week’s news.

Sen. Wyden is holding a series of town halls next week around NW Oregon. Our senior senator has been a big champion on LWCF, helped crack down on conservation easement syndication (see his recent letter to the IRS, along with their response), and strongly supports the recreational economy. If you are planning on attending one of the town halls and would like help with any talking points or issues to bring up, please Katie Young know.

Upcoming town halls with Sen. Wyden:

Second, on September 18th and 19th, there is an upcoming workshop in Portland organized by the National Young Farmers Coalition entitled Land Access Innovations Training: Affordable Farmland Protection Strategies. Click the link to learn more; registration is open.

Finally, this week’s “Other conservation news and information” has number of interesting pieces that floated past our radar over the last few days. Be sure to check them out.

All the best,

Mike Running
Communication and Outreach Manager
See past weekly news from COLT

Oregon Land Trust News


Kevin Gorman from the Friends of the Columbia Gorge was recently featured on KATU news speaking about their plan to acquire 420 acres near the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of the seven parcels that are part of their Preserve the Wonder campaign.

Upcoming grants and deadlines

Upcoming opportunities


Our next Conservation Law Forum is coming up on August 16th. Spaces are filling up, so register soon if you are interested.

Upcoming webinars,
conferences and events

New events:

Upcoming events:

Conservation job opportunities

Current job opportunities: 


In light of the current administration’s interest in privatizing some of the country’s infrastructure, a recent New York Times piece looks at the hydropower infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the mighty Columbia.

Other conservation news
and information

Current articles:

Articles from the previous week’s news:


Another recent piece from the New York Times, The Remote Oregon Town to Try Next, features our beloved (and increasingly known) Wallowa County

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