November 10, 2015 – weekly land trust news


We were very pleased that Connie Best, co-CEO of Pacific Forest Trust, came up from San Francisco to join us for COLT’s board meeting last week here in Portland. She gave an excellent presentation at Thursday’s lunch break on PFT’s mission and activities, as well as projects in Oregon. Glad to have them as COLT’s newest member!

COLT’s weekly land trust news

November 10th, 2015

Happy Tuesday everyone,

Kelley and I sure enjoyed being with members of nearly all of COLT’s land trusts last week at our board meeting. The two days of meetings, fellowship, and a bit of fun were a great success. Many thanks to everyone who came, particularly those who travelled far to join us.

Later this week, we’ll be drafting a short report of the decisions made at the board meeting to be shared with the full board.

Those who were able to make the COLT reception on Thursday night the 5th hopefully were able to hear State Representative Lew Fredrick’s inspired words that evening. Rep. Fredrick kindly provided a copy of his speech to us, and we would like to share it with you.

Rep. Fredrick said he sees “land trusts as part of a comprehensive approach to conservation.” What this “comprehensive conservation” looks like, at a minimum, includes five elements:

  1. Education
  2. Environmental justice
  3. Conservation and preservation
  4. Energy innovation, and
  5. Political will

Couldn’t agree more. Read more of Rep. Fredrick’s thoughtful remarks in the full text of his speech.

In other news, the fight for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is in full force with Rep. Bishop’s recent recent bill in Congress to modify the program, which he introduced on November 5th. He is chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, and will hold a hearing on this bill on November 18th. For the LWCF Coalition’s response to Rep. Bishop’s bill, see this press release.

We will continue to keep you posted on how this discussion on LWCF plays out nationally, as well as letting you know of any actions available to help ensure this source of conservation funding continues to benefit Oregon.

Until next week, wishing everyone a good week.


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