COLT’s weekly land trust news
March 28th, 2016
Beautiful Monday to ya!
Hope everyone’s respective weekends were swell.
Just a short note to start off this week’s e-news:
After recent approval from the full board, the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts added our name to those groups who have endorsed the Outdoor School for All campaign here in Oregon.
For those who aren’t familiar with this effort, a broad coalition of organizations, businesses, and individuals are working to gather enough signatures to put to the voters a measure in November that would provide a week of outdoor school for every 5th or 6th grader here in Oregon. As the initiative language states, it will create separate fund, financed through unallocated Oregon Lottery Economic Development funds and administered by Oregon State University, to provide outdoor school programs statewide.
If your organization is considering in endorsing the campaign, take a moment to read the eloquent piece by Brad Chalfant of Deschutes Land Trust on why they decided to endorse it. As he says,
“Why? Well, because we believe it’s essential to the long-term success of our work. Historically, Oregonians closely identified with our land, wildlife and natural resources, both for work and play. It was the hallmark of being an Oregonian and it helped bind us together. Today, fewer Oregonians are employed in traditional natural resource professions and younger generations are increasingly stuck behind a screen, be it a computer, television, video game or smartphone. The coming decades will bring growing numbers of new families to Oregon and Central Oregon, most with little exposure to the high desert, it’s rivers, forests, and wildlife. Lacking a commonly held connection to place, what will bind the next generation? How will they problem solve and, ultimately, how will they care for the land?
“We believe that for Land Trust lands to remain truly protected forever, we need communities that are healthy, solidly rooted, and a next generation that understands our natural resources and how to care for them. We believe that Outdoor School for All can help us achieve this vision and lending our voice to this campaign means we’re working to craft our future.”
COLT is pleased to be small part of this important effort.
Other than this, below is the news from this past week and more.
All the very best,