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 »

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 »

Private Landowner Attitudes and Interest in Conservation Easements

Whychus Creek Watershed, Deschutes County, Oregon Ashley Vizek – June 2016 Ashley Vizek is a M.S. student in Dr. Max Nielsen-Pincus’ lab in the Department of Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. Her Master’s thesis research focuses on landowners’ perceptions of conservation easements (CEs) to better understand how CEs can be further utilized in  Continue Reading »

Congress makes permanent strong incentive for conservation easements

Friday December 18, 2015 In a strong bipartisan action, the Senate voted 65-33 today to pass the omnibus spending bill that will make the tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent. This follows yesterday’s 318-109 vote in the House. This legislation has been a federal priority for the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, and it  Continue Reading »

Senator Wyden supports permanent tax incentive for conservation

COLT joins with the Oregon Food Bank and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon to push for permanency to benefit farmers, landowners, and retirees. December 14, 2015 (Oregon Food Bank, Portland, Ore) – Leaders from the Oregon Food Bank, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts joined Senator Wyden today to highlight the importance  Continue Reading »

Partners release white paper on conservation easements

COLT releases white paper on conservation easements in Oregon. The 9,000 acre C2 Ranch in southern Oregon, 1,600 acres of which are conserved with a conservation easement held by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. Photo by Tom Kirchen. To serve and strengthen the land trust community of Oregon. F O L L O W on F  Continue Reading »

COLT and partners release white paper on conservation easements

Portland, OR (June 1, 2015) — In a unique partnership between local, state and national organizations, five groups have come together to produce a white paper that examines conservation easements as a land use tool in Oregon. The paper, the first of its kind for Oregon, specifically looks at more ways conservation easements can protect  Continue Reading »

Oregon looks at easements to protect working ag lands

Oregon Department of Agriculture News Blog – December 5th, 2014 Popular in other states, the use of easements to protect farm and forest lands in production could give Oregon a strong tool to complement its land use system and ultimately keep those working lands from disappearing. A panel of experts offered a view at this  Continue Reading »

December 22, 2014 – weekly land trust news

Hi everyone, As we approach the heart of the holidays, below are some of the latest news and more that may be of some interest. However, first: On Friday, December 19th, President Obama signed into law the one-year extension for a host of tax deductions including the enhanced conservation easement incentive. This means that anyone  Continue Reading »

Land Trusts as a Sign of American Vitality

Originally posted on by G. Tracy Mehan, III; May 22, 2014 The growth of the private land trust movement in the United States has often been cited as a premier example of Alexis de Tocqueville’s insight regarding the American genius for forming voluntary associations to achieve common goals, avoiding both the perils of hyper-individualism and an  Continue Reading »