September 21, 2015 – weekly land trust news

 

A River Reborn
At their annual Wild Splendor event, Columbia Land Trust debuted a moving and inspired video about their work restoring the Klickitat River. Very much worth the time to enjoy (click the photo or see this link)

COLT’s weekly land trust news

September 21st, 2015

Happy Monday folks,

We are now down to the wire on whether or not Congress will renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before it expires on September 30th. COLT is working with members, partners, and friends here in Oregon and around the country to call attention to this critical program.

Absent Congressional action on one of the few bills that will reauthorize LWCF before the end of month, some Senators are working to include LWCF in a continuing resolution to at least prevent defunding the entire program.

Most important thing we can do now is to continue to encourage both Senators Wyden and Merkley to do all they can to get this through before the 30th. COLT spearheaded a quick sign-on letter the other week to the delegation encouraging action (thanks to those who were able to sign on)

Sen. Wyden has three town hall opportunities to bring LWCF up in public:

  • September 25th, 1pm (Multnomah County town hall) in Gresham at Centennial High School auditorium
  • September 26th in Moro (Sherman County) at 1pm;  and then The Dalles (Wasco County) at 4pm

Along these lines, COLT is partnering with the World Forestry Center to co-host an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Forest Legacy program in Oregon on September 28th from 12-2pm. We will use this media event and reception to call attention to LWCF as well.

We’ll keep you posted on how LWCF ends up by September 30th.

All the best,

      –Mike

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