June 7, 2016 – weekly land trust news


Another COLT-let has entered our world! COLT’s Executive Director Kelley Beamer gave birth to a healthy and happy 7lbs 5oz baby boy on the evening of Thursday June 2nd. Big sister Finnea (right) is happy to have a little brother.
Please join the COLT board in welcoming Connor James Vanderford into the land trust community!

COLT’s weekly land trust news

June 7th, 2016

Happy Tuesday everyone,

This email’s a day late, but for good reason. The birth of Kelley’s baby boy last Thursday the 2nd came with much joy, as well as wee bit of surprise for everyone. Kelley was quite certain she would make it past her due date of June 6th, but intrepid Connor had other plans in mind. 🙂

Kelley is now on maternity leave until September 6th, and I’ll be serving as interim director for COLT. In addition, COLT has hired a part-time associate to help with the communications tasks for the summer. We’ll introduce this new staff person next week.

Not much in the way of Oregon land trusts in the news proper this week, but there are a couple of new opportunities and a few nice photos from various land trust sources to enjoy below.

All the very best for a pleasant week for all,


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Oregon Land Trust News

Senator Jeff Merkley recently visited Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s proposed Rogue River Preserve, expressing his support for the acquisition.

Over 100 Springfield students worked at the “Riparian Restoration Olympics” created & hosted by the McKenzie Watershed Council at McKenzie River Trust’s Berggren Watershed Conservation Area.

#NationalWetlandsMonth just ended, and The Wetlands Conservancy has uploaded a trove of great photos from their wetlands photo contest. Photo of Kenz Wetland by Wilfredo Salazar

Staff from Deschutes Land Trust recently joined Greenbelt Land Trust staff for a walkabout on Bald Hill Farm.

Conservation job opportunities

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Upcoming webinars and conferences

Misc conservation news and information

One more pic of Kelley with big sister, Finnea, and her new brother Connor.