May 2, 2016 – weekly land trust news


Beautiful photo along Columbia Land Trust’s Mill Creek Ridge property just outside of The Dalles. Mt Hood is peaking in the farground. Photo by Brian Chambers Photography.

COLT’s weekly land trust news

May 2nd, 2016

Warm (currently 84 degrees warm!) greetings to everyone,

A couple of quick news items before getting into this week’s news.

As many of you have already heard, last week at their spring board meeting the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board followed staff recommendations and funded two substantial conservation projects: Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s Rogue River Preserve, and Pacific Forest Trust’s Mountcrest Working Forest Conservation Easement. OWEB will be investing $1.385 million and $957,500 respectively to these two projects. Congratulations to both SOLC and PFT!

COLT had a successful and, dare we say it, fun board meeting on Friday the 29th here in Portland (see below for some pics). Many thanks to the members who made the trip or called in. Kelley will be sending out a summary of some of the meeting outcomes, including the election of the board officers and at-large position on our Executive Committee. Serving COLT in 2016-2017, our EC will be:

  • Dan Bell (TNC): board president
  • Katie Voelke (NCLC): vice president
  • Kevin Gorman (FCGLT): secretary
  • Tim Copeland (BMLT): treasurer
  • Kathleen Ackley (WLT): at-large member
  • Dan Roix (CLT): at-large member

Once again, many thanks to each board member for your service and contribution.

On to this week’s news.

All the very best,



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COLT Spring 2016 Board meeting

Some photos from last week’s board meeting. Above, Kevin Gorman passes the presidential tie and hat to Dan Bell of The Nature Conservancy, but not before posing for a shot with a few of this parting gifts, including a Peter Frampton wig. BelowJill Fuglister from Meyer Memorial Trust spoke about the foundation’s new funding priorities, and Kelley Beamer addresses the board.

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