June 5, 2017: Oregon Walk the Land Day, COLT’s board meeting, and more

COLT’s weekly land trust news

Monday June 5, 2017

On June 24th, land trusts across Oregon are hosting events to celebrate (and enjoy!) our collective good work. This is our first Oregon Walk the Land Day.
(Check the website by end of this Wednesday for more details; it’s just a placeholder for now. We’ll also follow with an email specific to Oregon Walk the Land Day, so stay tuned!)

Hi everyone,

It was great to have much of Oregon’s land trust community get together last week at COLT’s Spring board meeting. I put some photos and narrative up on our Facebook page, so check it out when you are able. You can also see a bit about the day below as well.

There will be a hearing this coming Wednesday, June 7th, for the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program before the Oregon Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee at 3pm. We’ll report on how it goes in next Monday’s enews.

Also, we are excited to announce the upcoming Oregon Walk the Land Day on June 24th!! Land trusts across Oregon are hosting events this day to get people onto conserved lands through everything from bird walks for kids, to geology walks, waterfall tours, and much more. The website is just a placeholder for the time begin; I’ll be adding a list of events and much more content over the next few days; check back on June 7th. We’ll also send another email focused just on OWLD, so stay tuned!

A reminder to mark your calendars!! As we mentioned last weekCOLT and our partners are planning a Lobby Day on June 22nd in Salem to support the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program. An email should arrive in your mailbox tomorrow morning (June 6th) with more information. If you are interested in attending, let our legislative intern Katie Young know.

Ok, now on to this week’s land trust news.

All the best,

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

Our legislative tracking list as of May 31st

Our latest bill tracking sheet for the 2017 legislative session. Note that the OAHP bill has an informational hearing scheduled for June 7th before the Senate Environment and Natural Resource Committee.

June 1st COLT board meeting

For the complete photo album, check out our Facebook post

Last Thursday, the COLT board meet in Yamhill County for our spring board meeting. Among the productive and congenial conversations, we all enjoyed the views from our meeting location.

After the meeting, the board travelled to Yamhill SWCD’s Miller Woods Conservation Area for an enjoyable time with district board and staff members. Larry Ouja (right), executive director for the district, introduced their land protection program, which has conserved over 2,230 acres! Quite impressive

We ended the day with a lovely tour and walk through Miller Woods, coming back for a tasty catered meal with land trust and SWCD board and staff together.

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Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust’s Stewardship Coordinator Sara Woods was recently featured in a short video by EnviroGorge

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