November 19, 2014 – weekly land trust news

Hello everyone.

Now that we have this Yahoo group populated with more land trust staff from our members, COLT would like to begin to send out weekly emails with news, links, and pertinent information regarding land trust work around the state. We will be working on a format that works for everyone, and if you have any feedback, suggestions, or items you’d like to have included in future emails, I would be grateful to hear them.

Also, if you know of anyone who would like to join this group email list (no Yahoo account needed), they just need to send a message to oregonlandtrusts-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Inviting your board members to join the list would be particularly helpful.

Grants and deadlines

  • The application deadlines for the Community Grants Program at OCF have changed. Beginning in 2015, applications are due January 15 for a board decision in May and July 15 for a board decision in November. Please note that the new deadlines are earlier than they have been in prior years. More info: http://oregoncf.org/community-grants
  • USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) under the new Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP). WRE applications must be submitted to Oregon NRCS by Dec. 31st to be considered for this year’s priority funding. WRE applications received after Dec. 31 and before March 27, 2015 will be given secondary consideration for funding depending on availability. Additionally, NRCS continues to accept applications for new enrollments in the ACEP for Agricultural Land Easements (ALE). ALE application batch dates will be announced in the coming months.

Land trust news around the state

Job opportunities

Misc. news and information

  • You may be interested in a recent publication created jointly by The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land that looks across the nation at state conservation programs – Making the Most of Our Money: Recommendations for State Conservation Programs. Web link to the report:  http://www.tpl.org/making-most-our-money
  • Earlier this year, several of you may have had the chance to learn about Forest Planner, the free online forest planning tool launched earlier this year by Ecotrust (http://forestplanner.ecotrust.org). Ecotrust, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, is working with a team of volunteer consultants from the Harvard Business School Association of Oregon (HBSAO) who are reaching out to land trusts to identify the most important forest planning needs that new, technology-based tools like Forest Planner may be able to address. I and my colleagues on the HBSAO team are pleased to be taking part in this collaboration.
    • Their team has prepared a quick online survey that has about a dozen questions and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be confidential, and are especially important to help us steer the development of these new technologies towards the things that land trusts would find most useful. You can find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D2S3J9J, or feel free to contact me for more information at louise@createaction.org.
  • The Department of State Lands is now accepting nominations for State Land Board Awards. Each year, the Land Board recognizes exemplary projects and organizations in the following categories: Wetland Project, Stream Project and Partnership Award. Here is a link to all the information and nomination forms: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/awards.aspx – the deadline to submit nominations is February 20. The Web page also lists previous award winners.
  • 2014 Midterm Election analysis: A Record Day for Land Conservation