Oregon’s First Voluntary Farm Protection Program passes Legislature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 07, 2017 Salem, Oregon: Today, the Oregon House and Senate passed a landmark bill launching a new farm and ranch land protection program for the state. HB 3249 will create the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program, Oregon’s first voluntary program to help farmers and ranchers protect working lands and the fish and  Continue Reading »

210 Acres in Oregon preserved for public and habitat with support from Land and Water Conservation Fund

The project is the result of collaboration between Wild Rivers Land Trust, Craft3, Meyer Memorial Trust and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service PORT ORFORD (January 4, 2017) – Today, community-based Wild Rivers Land Trust announced the completion of the final step to preserve 210 acres of forestland containing hiking trails, salmon-bearing streams and prime  Continue Reading »

Land of the giants: The Nature Conservancy leads restoration of old-growth stands in Washington state

By David Plechl   EO Media Group  |  The Daily Astorian Published August 23, 2016  |  Original source article WILLAPA BAY, Wash. — All along Ellsworth Creek, soldiers were slaying giants. The year was 1918, and the enlisted men were part of the U.S. Army’s Spruce Production Division. Their quarry — the thousand-year-old behemoth trees  Continue Reading »

Rescuers recover fish in Whychus Creek

By Jim Cornelius, News Editor for The Nugget Newspaper Published August 23, 2016  |  Original source article A couple dozen volunteers and agency staff donned waders and hoisted nets along Whychus Creek Wednesday, August 17, in a large-scale fish recovery effort. The fish rescue was part of a recently launched stream restoration project along 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 »

Restoration work continues on Whychus Creek

Work crews diverting the creek into nearby channels that wind through an adjacent meadow By Ted Shorack / The Bulletin / @tjshorack Published Aug 22, 2016  |  Original source article SISTERS — Work crews began diverting a portion of Whychus Creek into a restored channel last week in an effort to return the tributary to its natural state  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 »