June 19, 2017: New Wallowa easement, SB 327 victory, and more

COLT’s weekly land trust news

Monday June 19, 2017


Last week, the Wallowa Land Trust celebrated their latest project: a donated 52-acre easement on the East Moraine of Wallowa Lake. (Photo (c) David Jensen)

Hi everyone,

Hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day yesterday.

A couple of quick legislative matters before moving onto this week’s news:

  • SB 327 (Restoring Recreational Immunity – see this 2 pager for info) passed the House last Wednesday 54-4, sending it on now to the Governor for signing.
    • This is a huge victory for public and private landowners throughout the state. Many land trusts joined with the effort to pass this bill, and COLT extends our gratitude for your efforts.
    • See this article (Spaces, like parks, safe to stay open) for a short read about the bill’s passage last week.
  • SB 181 (concerning nonprofit property tax exemptions) was slated for a full vote on the House floor last week; COLT testified against this bill last month.
    • However, because of pressure from nonprofits around the state against this bill, it has been referred back to the House Revenue Committee for further discussion.
    • This is good news, and COLT is working closely with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon on a series of sensible modifications to the legislation. Stay tuned!

Finally, two COLT-sponsored events are coming up this week:

Ok, now onto this week’s news!

All the best to you,

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

Our legislative tracking list as of June 14th


Our latest bill tracking sheet for the 2017 legislative session.

Oregon Land Trust News


The Nature Conservancy of Oregon is teaming up with the North Coast Land Conservancy to protect part of Tillamook Head, a region identified as resilient as climate change worsens. (Photo by OCVA/Flickr)

Upcoming grants and deadlines

New opportunities

Upcoming opportunities


The Wetlands Conservancy recently announced the winners of their #MyWetland photo contest. Some gems here!

Upcoming webinars,
conferences and events

New events:

Upcoming events:


Conservation job opportunities

New job opportunities:
  • The Oregon Association of Conservation Districts is looking for their next executive director (Salem) – deadline is July 14th
  • The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is looking for their executive director (Neskowin) – deadline July 16th
Current job opportunities: 


A flotilla of kayaks explored successful restoration around the Williamson River Delta last week with the Klamath Lake Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy.
(Not sure ’bout you, but this looks like a perfect thing to do right about now.)

Other conservation news
and information

Current articles:

Past articles:


Columbia Land Trust’s own Susie Peterson was featured last week on a KOIN news piece about their Backyard Habitat Certification Program, which recently expanded into Clackamas County. The program is managed jointly by the CLT and the Audubon Society of Portland.

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