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Karsyn Kendrick is COLT's Conservation Program Manager

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How We’re Advocating for Land Trusts this Legislative Session

By Karsyn Kendrick / January 17, 2023
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For the next 160 days, COLT will be tracking bills and hearings in Salem that will protect working farm, ranch, and forest lands and increase funding for land acquisition. 

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Press release—Oregon working lands receive historic investment

By Kelsey Kuhnhausen / May 9, 2022
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that it will be awarding $6,765,000 to fund Oregon land protection projects

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Press release—Legislature approves $5 million to save Oregon farms

By Kelsey Kuhnhausen / March 4, 2022
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A coalition of farmers, ranchers and conservation advocates praised the Oregon Legislature today for approving $5 million for the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program (OAHP) – the first appropriation to the program since it was signed into law in 2017. 

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Central Oregon. Photo Credit: Lonnie Gorsline, Shutterstock

Our priorities for the 2022 legislative session

By Kelsey Kuhnhausen / February 1, 2022
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This year, we’re advocating for programs and policies that protect working farms and ranches and deepen Oregon’s investment in natural climate solutions.

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Pacific Forest Trust is focused on the conservation of working forest lands, in partnership with private landowners, public agencies and communities, to keep forests and forests for their many public benefits. This photo is of a property in Lincoln County, Oregon where PFT has a working forest conservation easement with the Van Eck Forest Foundation. Photo Credit: PFT staff

A look back on Oregon’s 2019 legislative session

By Kelley Beamer / July 9, 2019
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Almost two weeks after Oregon’s tumultuous 80th legislative session came to a close, the dust is starting to settle. While there was significant policy action across interests, conservation did not fare as well in the process as we had hoped.

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Central Oregon. Photo Credit: Lonnie Gorsline, Shutterstock

OAHP—End of 2019 session, we need your help

By Kelley Beamer / June 4, 2019
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It’s the final push of the session and we need funding for policy solutions that protect OAHP—farm and ranch lands with high conservation value. Here’s how you can help.

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