Governor Kate Brown signs Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program

Salem, Oregon (September 19, 2017): At a signing ceremony today, Governor Kate Brown put her support behind the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program (HB 3249).  This landmark bill creates a suite of tools designed to help farmers and ranchers pass their legacies on to the next generation.  These tools include a voluntary grant match for working  Continue Reading »

Understand Water Rights in Oregon: A guide for land trusts

The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is pleased to share a new practical guide to water rights in Oregon for use and reference by land trusts and other conservation organizations. Written by three attorneys with COLT’s Pro Bono Attorney program, the white paper provides a comprehensive and relevant introduction to key aspects of water law in Oregon, specifically  Continue Reading »

End of 2017 Oregon Legislative Session Update

(July 10, 2017) The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session ended with many successes for the land trust community. Since the formation of COLT, this can be considered our most successful, proactive, and engaged legislative session. Not only were we able to usher through a new conservation program for the state (OAHP), but we were also successful in  Continue Reading »

CONNECT 2017 materials

Materials used or referenced during COLT’s conservation easement session at the CONNECT 2017 conference PowerPoints and materials: Conservation Easements (Mike Running) Oregon’s Agricultural Lands (Nellie McAdams) Northwest Rangeland Trust’s approach to conservation easements (Frank O’Leary / NWRLT) Conservation Easement booklet for landowners (Jason Bulay / Blue Mountain Land Trust)   Books and materials from the  Continue Reading »

Bringing Back the Floodplain

Deschutes Land Trust launches its restoration of the historic wetlands at Whychus Creek BY M.W. HILL for The Source Weekly Published August 17, 2016  |  Original source article It’s being touted as one of the most “significant restoration efforts in the American west,” and it’s taking place right in our backyards. Reconstruction efforts got underway this month  Continue Reading »

Land conservation easement benefits Wallowa County farm

By Dick Mason for The La Grande Observer / @lgoMason Published Aug 22, 2016  |  Original source article Woody Wolfe, a man who is often thinking ahead, took a step back in time Friday afternoon while leading a tour of his family’s 1,700-acre farm. Wolfe looked southeast while standing near the confluence of the Lostine and Wallowa rivers  Continue Reading »

Nothing easy about conservation easements

By Mateusz Perkowski for Capital Press Published on August 18, 2016 | Original source article Rancher Roger Ediger has no problem giving up the ability to subdivide his nearly 2,700-acre property near Mount Vernon in Eastern Oregon. Development is the biggest threat to agriculture, wildlife and open space, Ediger believes, which is why he decided  Continue Reading »

North Coast Land Conservancy earns national recognition

From Tillamook County Pioneer | Original source article The following is a press release from the North Coast Land Conservancy: SEASIDE, Ore. – North Coast Land Conservancy, one of Oregon’s leading regional land trusts, announced on Aug. 17 it has achieved accreditation: a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded  Continue Reading »

Land conservancy buys Boneyard Ridge

By Lyra Fontaine for The Daily Astorian Published July 29, 2016  |  Original source article North Coast Land Conservancy will permanently conserve Boneyard Ridge, a former commercial tree farm on Tillamook Head, with the goal of helping the property mature into a high-functioning temperate rainforest. The nonprofit organization finalized the $1.3 million acquisition of the  Continue Reading »

For park planners, creative compromise is par for the course

From The Trust for Public Land blog | July 8, 2016 | Original post here The mayor of Portland calls the transformation of a private golf course into a public park “a land-use miracle”—but it wasn’t a hole in one. When the owner of the 18-hole golf course in Portland’s Cully neighborhood first proposed selling  Continue Reading »