Press Releases

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 »

President requests maximum conservation funding, boosting conservation in Oregon

President Obama’s proposed 2017 budget includes full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund to advance projects from the Columbia Gorge to Wallowa County For immediate release – read or download pdf version Portland, Ore (February 10th, 2016) – President Obama released his proposed 2017 budget to congress yesterday, calling for millions of new  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 »

Congress gives the Land and Water Conservation Fund three more years

Omnibus spending bill includes temporary reauthorization, funding boost for 2016 Portland, Ore (December 16, 2015) – After weeks of negotiations, the House and Senate finally agreed to a deal to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for three more years. LWCF is America’s most important conservation and recreation fund, originally passed by Congress  Continue Reading »

LWCF – Only 50 days left press release

PRESS RELEASE To serve and strengthen the land trust community of Oregon. F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K F O L L O W on T W I T T E R F O L L O W on the I N T E R W  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 »

Deschutes Land Trust’s video wins gold at the Oregon Advertising Awards

Below are the press releases from COLT or involving COLT members. Please click the links to read the full versions.

Oregonians support Federal funding for land conservation

February 13, 2014 – New Poll: Nine in ten Oregonians Support Federal Investment in Wildlife Habitat, Local Parks, and Public Lands Portland, Oregon: A new survey reveals that nearly nine in 10 Oregonians (89%) support the continued use of fees from offshore drilling to finance the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which protects rivers and working forests  Continue Reading »