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Kelley's our Executive Director for the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts and has over 15 years of experience leading collaborative efforts that support conservation.

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ― Margaret Atwood

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The Tax Benefits of Land Conservation Are in Peril, But There is a Solution

By Kelley Beamer / December 6, 2022
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The permanent conservation easement tax incentive is a powerful tool that has helped tens of thousands of Americans conserve public values on private land. We must continue to protect it.

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A creek in Elliott State Forest.

Coming Together to Protect Drinking Water on the Oregon Coast

By Michelle Smith, Water Project Manager / November 8, 2022
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COLT and several of members traveled to the Oregon Coast to join water providers, local government officials, federal and state agencies, and a host of other community partners to talk about protecting drinking water sources using land conservation tools.

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Doing Things in a Good Way: An Interview with Lindsay McClary

By Kelsey Kuhnhausen / September 7, 2022
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In mid-August, COLT staff sat down with Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board’s newest At-Large Board Member, Lindsay McClary, for an interview to get to know more about her and her work.

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Oregon Land Justice Project: A Visit to the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

By Anna-Liza Victory / August 16, 2022
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Last weekend, 27 land trust Delegates traveled to the central coast to visit the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and attend the Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow in Siletz, OR. 

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An aerial view of trees on Mt. Hood

What the Inflation Reduction Act means for land trusts

By Karsyn Kendrick / August 16, 2022
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This landmark bill brings in more than $369 billion for natural climate solutions, renewable energy, zero carbon transportation, clean manufacturing, and community resilience.

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Sunset over the mountains

Protecting the Sagebrush Sea

By Kelsey Kuhnhausen / July 26, 2022
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Oregon Desert Land Trust secured 17,000 acres nestled among and between the Pueblo and Trout Creek mountains last year—offering unparalleled potential to build a connected, climate-resilient landscape linking more than one million acres of wildlife habitat.

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