June 1st 2015 – weekly land trust news


COLT releases white paper on conservation easements.
Photo of a farm protected with an easement held by Blue Mountain Land Trust 

 

COLT’s weekly land trust news

June 1st, 2015

Happy Monday everyone,

A couple of things first off:

We’d like to begin this week by sharing the release of our long-awaited white paper on conservation easements.

We have a news release about the paper you can read here.

Completed in partnership with four other organizations, this paper examines conservation easements as a land use tool in Oregon, and looks for ways to increase their use and effectiveness in the state. More broadly, the paper:

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the current use of easements in Oregon;
  • Reviews other state and national funding programs for easements;
  • Provides an overview of current funding mechanisms and financial incentives in Oregon; and
  • Strategizes potential opportunities to increase the use of easements in alignment with Oregon’s land use laws.

We are grateful for the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, the Land Trust Alliance, Friends of Family Farmers, and the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District for their support and partnership in this project.

COLT will find ways to use this valuable resource paper in our conversations with members, partners, decision makers, and funders. This is the first such comprehensive and strategic look at easements in Oregon, and will help COLT achieve one of our key priorities of finding more effective incentives and funding for conservation in the state.

Our press release is going out this week; feel free to share both the release and the paper with your board, staff, and partners.

Finally, OWEB is looking to solicit feedback on their acquisition program. They recently sent out a survey to those groups who applied during 2013 or 2014. If you’d like to offer your feedback, they ask you do so before June 19th: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CLR5BP2

Beyond this, please find below the bit of news and such we captured last week.

All the best,

       –Mike

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