March 16, 2015 – weekly land trust news

Hi everyone,

The 2015 Oregon Legislative Session is in full swing. COLT is tracking a number of bills related to the work of land trusts and conservation in general. Kelley, our executive director, will be reporting on our government affairs work with our full board, and we will keep the broader community up-to-date as well.Last week (March 9th), COLT, the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, and the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts provided joint testimony in support of OWEB’s budget in front of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources. The statement, and much of what was shared in other testimonies that day, highlights the natural and effective partnerships land trusts, watershed councils, and SWCDs are forming around the state, in large part through the support of OWEB. More testimony offered by other stakeholders in front of the committee can be found here.

Many of you have asked about the status of the Working Farms and Forest Initiative (the proposed new funding source for conservation easements and protection of working landscapes.) This has all been in flux in recent weeks, and Kelley has been working daily with the core stakeholder group in support of a new grant program. COLT will provide a more thorough update on its status in the next few days.

In the meantime, please find below the news and information that came across our radar screen over the past week.

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