Partners are often key to effectively accomplishing conservation where the mission and methods of the organizations reinforce and complement each other. From the local and county governments to international land and water conservation organizations, COLT’s members routinely work with a variety of organizations to accomplish their missions.
In September 2012 the Land Trust Alliance hired Brad Paymar, former Deputy Director of the Columbia Land Trust, to work closely with the Oregon land trust community, COLT and partners to build the capacity and effectiveness of the Oregon land trust community.
The Land Trust Alliance, in partnership with the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT) and other Oregon stakeholders, are focused on empowering the Oregon land trust community to save the region’s natural heritage, agricultural lands, and its high quality of life and foster more community involvement and support for conservation.
The Land Trust Alliance manages the Oregon Advancing Conservation Excellence (ACE) grant program, a multi-year, multi-faceted, results-oriented investment strategy to build the capacity and effectiveness of the Oregon land trust community. Through the Oregon ACE program, land trusts can ask for technical and tactical assistance funding to support activities that advance individual and organizational development, ensure implementation of the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices, and provide support for land transaction due diligence. Land trusts can also ask for up to three years of funding for new and/or upgraded staffing. There is a separate allocation of funds to support activities that foster collaboration or address emerging conservation issues.
The Network of Oregon Watershed Councils is dedicated to supporting the work of watershed councils throughout the state by increasing council capacity, improving key relationships, and promoting public awareness of watersheds and watershed councils.
OACD represents, supports, and strengthens Oregon’s 46 member Conservation Districts through member services, program development, training, leadership development, public education, and government relations.