September 1, 2015 – weekly land trust news 

 

COLT’s weekly land trust news

September 1st, 2015

Hi folks.

Couple of policy things first off:

Governor Brown supports reauthorization of LWCF – In a recent letter to Oregon’s Congressional Delegation, Governor Kate Brown urged swift action to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of America’s most most significant conservation programs. The letter sites the many ways LWCF has touched Oregon during the past five decades. From protecting scenic landscapes like the Columbia River Gorge, to expanding Oregon’s Gilchrist State Forest, Oregon’s land trusts have used LWCF to safeguard natural treasures throughout the state.  LWCF is set to expire on September 30th, leaving less then ten legislative days to reauthorize the program. COLT applauds Governor Brown for her leadership urging for reauthorization of LWCF. See the letter here.

The enhanced conservation easement incentive – For the last few months, COLT has worked closely with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, the Oregon Food Bank, and Philanthropy Northwest in a partnership to encourage Senator Wyden and other members of the delegation to make permanent three key tax incentives, including the easement incentive. Last week, COLT, NAO, and OFB met with Senator Wyden’s staff to continue these discussions. We are confident that our collective message is being heard, and are grateful for the Senator’s support for permanency. We are working to provide stories and support as the Senator works on the most effect strategy to get things passed. This Oregon partnership has been a model example reflecting the effective work at the national level between the Land Trust Alliance, Feeding America, the National Council of Nonprofits, and Independent Sector.

In other news, Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust Executive Director Kevin Gorman recently reflected on his 17 (!) years as the ED of the organization. Particularly, he looks at what keeps an ED inspired, engaged, and energized through her/his years at the helm. A good and concise read.

Finally, please mark your calendars for COLT’s last board meeting of the year: November 5th and 6th here in Portland. In particular, COLT will be hosting a reception the evening of the 5th (Thursday) for members, partners, funders, and friends. More details forthcoming.

Have a great week,

–Mike

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Columbia Land Trust’s Glenn Lamb and advisor Jennifer Sims met with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici last week to talk about LWCF reauthorization and the conservation easement tax incentive. The Congresswoman is very supportive of reauthorizing LWCF, and has signed on as cosponsor to HR 1814 to do just this. 

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust’s ED Kevin Gorman (center), along with staff, gave a tour of the Columbia Gorge to staff of the Oregon Congressional delegation last week.

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