June 20th – weekly land trust news


This impressive shot of a Western screech owl and hummingbird friend was captured by Ken Shults from a mimosa tree in his Portland backyard, which is part of Columbia Land Trust’s Backyard Habitat Certification Program.

COLT’s weekly land trust news

June 20th, 2016

Happy Monday and Summer Solstice everyone,

As Mike promised last week, this is Stephanie writing with this week’s Monday news. Thank you for the warm welcome so far. I look forward to meeting more of you in the lovely land trust community as the summer progresses!

First of all, there are a few items to bring to your attention:

Senator Merkley’s staff asked us to send along the dates for his upcoming town hall meetings:

  • June 25th @ 11:30 AM Baker County Town Hall (in Haines)
  • June 25th @ 3:00 PM Union County Town Hall (in Elgin)
  • June 25th @ 6:30 PM Wallowa County Town Hall (in Enterprise)
  • June 26th @ 1:30 PM Morrow County Town Hall (in Lexington)

These are great opportunities to meet with the Senator and engage him on issues important to land trusts. In particular, Sen. Merkley has been a strong supporter of full funding and permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Also, we have some information below on a Oregon Coastal Values survey that some researchers at PSU asked COLT to share with all of you.

Finally, we recently posted on our website an interesting survey conducted by a Portland State University graduate student looking at landowner attitudes toward conservation easements in the Whychus Creek watershed. You can read more about Ashley Vizek’s work below and on our website.

Other than these items, please find the latest news and updates below!

I wish you all the best for an enjoyable week,

Stephanie Manzo

Upcoming grants, deadlines, and events   

Photo by Scott Christianson from The Wetland Conservancy’s National Wetland Month Photo Contest

Last chance:
Multi-state Wetlands Peer Learning Session
Tuesday, June 21st, 3:00-5:00pm
Metro Regional Center, Room 501, Portland
RSVP here (spaces still available)

Oregon Land Trust News

Ashley Vizek is a M.S. student in Dr. Max Nielsen-Pincus’ lab in the Department of Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. Her Master’s thesis research focuses on landowners’ perceptions of conservation easements to better understand how easements can be further utilized in private land conservation.

COLT is now hosting her survey and her report on our website. You can read more about the project, view and download the report, and review her summary findings on this dedicated webpage. Thanks to Ashley for allowing us to share her good work!

Central coast ocean bluff  |  Photo by Fran Recht

Oregon Coast Values Survey
A research team at Portland State University is conducting a survey of Oregonians who have lived in Oregon for a year or more. The survey seeks to understand how Oregon residents use and value the coast and ocean, and asks about opinions on marine management activities and preferences for future management. The survey also includes an online mapping activity, allowing those who take the survey to indicate places on the coast that are important to them, and to recommend changes in management of areas.

Please feel free to share this survey with people in your worlds. They would like survey results completed by August 1st.

This project is funded by Oregon Sea Grant and findings will be shared in a final report to managers, researchers, and the public. All responses will be anonymous and only summaries of findings will be shared. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Manson, a PhD student researcher at Portland State University, or Dr. Elise Granek, the project’s principal investigator.

Conservation job opportunities

See our website for the latest

  • Wallowa Land Trust through their Wallowa Lake Moraines Partnership is hiring for a Trail Coordinator
  • Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah is hiring a Land Steward – Open until filled

Upcoming webinars and conferences

Other conservation news and information

Videos to share

Another recent video from National GeographicDuring a visit to Yosemite, the president urged Americans to help protect parks for future generations and highlights his efforts on land, water preservation.




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