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 »

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State of the Lands 2016

Send us an email if you’d like a hard copy of the report; we are happy to mail one your way for free. The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is pleased to share our 2016 State of the Lands report, our annual celebration of the great work and collective impact of our member land trusts.  Continue Reading »

COLT’s Pro Bono Legal Service Program for Member Land Trusts

COLT’s pro bono legal service program provides no cost legal services to member land trusts for the purpose of creating and enforcing conservation easements and other property interests that achieve the goals of conserving natural, scenic, and open space values, as well as agriculture, forest and recreation resources throughout Oregon. These legal services could range  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 »

Celebrating the State of the Lands

Members, friends, partners, and funders gather to celebrate the collective impact of Oregon’s land trust community On March 16th, 2016, at the Lucky Lab in NW Portland, the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts celebrated the release of our 2015 State of the Lands report with about 70 friends, members, and supporters. The fun and festive  Continue Reading »

March 16th State of the Lands release party!

You are invited to a special reception! March 16th, 2016 – Portland Organized and sponsored by the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts Please join leaders from Oregon’s land trust community to celebrate the release of our 2015 State of the Lands report. Learn more about conservation projects across Oregon, from the Blue Mountains to the Pacific  Continue Reading »

Oregon Conservation Law Forum

The Oregon Conservation Law Forums are educational programs for attorneys with land trusts, public agencies and law firms to learn, discuss and help shape land conservation law in Oregon. The three forums for 2018 are scheduled as follows: April 4th at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, at the PacWest Center in Portland See the agenda here August 15th, at  Continue Reading »

Partnering to conserve Oregon’s water, natural lands, and habitat

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a key partner in the conservation of Oregon’s natural resources. With the statewide passage of Measure 76 in 2010, a percentage of the state’s lottery revenues was permanently dedicated through OWEB to help Oregonians protect and restore healthy watersheds and natural habitats. To date, OWEB has awarded over  Continue Reading »