COLT’s weekly land trust news
May 26th, 2015
Hope everyone had a great, long weekend.
A couple of things to highlight before this week’s news:
Senator Wyden needed to reschedule the town hall schedule we posted last week. The most recent schedule is as follows:
Last week, Kelley sent an email out to the COLT board informing everyone of a bill in the Oregon Senate COLT was very recently made aware of, HR 3367. This bill would authorize counties to conditionally approve the establishment of recreational trails on land zoned for EFU. Currently, recreational trails are not specified as an allowed use, but by practice counties have allowed the creation of trails as an allowed use (not requiring an additional county permit). The measure would change this and require a conditional use permit for trails on EFU lands, adding a level of burden COLT feels is unnecessary and even harmful for land trusts and our partners. HR 3367 passed the House on April 30th, and was referred to the Senate Committee On Environment and Natural Resources (SCENR).
Last Wednesday the 20th, the SCENR held a hearing on the measure. Even though the land trust community was informed of this bill very late in this process, Deschutes Land Trust, the Trust for Public Land, and others were able to provide testimony in opposition. The bill has not passed out of committee as of yet, but they currently have scheduled a possible work session tomorrow (the 27th) at 3pm. We will keep you informed as we follow the bill.
COLT would like to thank those on our Government Relations Committee and board for moving swiftly to make our voice heard.
Beyond this, please find below the bit of news and such we captured last week.
All the best,