State of the Lands 2016

Send us an email if you’d like a hard copy of the report; we are happy to mail one your way for free. The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is pleased to share our 2016 State of the Lands report, our annual celebration of the great work and collective impact of our member land trusts.  Continue Reading »

Celebrating the State of the Lands

Members, friends, partners, and funders gather to celebrate the collective impact of Oregon’s land trust community On March 16th, 2016, at the Lucky Lab in NW Portland, the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts celebrated the release of our 2015 State of the Lands report with about 70 friends, members, and supporters. The fun and festive  Continue Reading »

Partnering to conserve Oregon’s water, natural lands, and habitat

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a key partner in the conservation of Oregon’s natural resources. With the statewide passage of Measure 76 in 2010, a percentage of the state’s lottery revenues was permanently dedicated through OWEB to help Oregonians protect and restore healthy watersheds and natural habitats. To date, OWEB has awarded over  Continue Reading »

A Big Year for Oregon Lands

In 2015 COLT worked hard to secure two crucial conservation victories for Oregon land trusts: permanency for the enhanced conservation easement tax incentive, and the temporary renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. These two national policy priorities for COLT provide landowners and land trusts the resources needed to conserve what makes Oregon so  Continue Reading »

Our Collective Impact in 2015

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Explore the stories in this year’s State of the Lands report

Below are the stories feature in this year’s report. Click on the pins to read more about each one. Back to State of the Lands main page.

The Human Dimension of Land Trusts

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Bright Future For Dark Canyon

Dark Canyon Creek Conservation Easement Blue Mountain Land Trust La Grande, Oregon For more than 100 years, Joe and Patti Cunha’s family worked this land running cattle. It’s a cursive landscape—streams and hills, salmon, and elk woven gracefully together on a working ranch along Dark Canyon Creek outside La Grande in Northeast Oregon. In the  Continue Reading »

A family legacy

Thurston Hills Natural Area & Community Forest The Trust for Public Land Springfield, Oregon Forested land arcing around the city of Springfield will now stay that way forever. “It’s a heck of a lot better than the alternative,” said Hugh Gray. Gray’s great-great-grandfather—an explorer and scout for wagon trains—homesteaded the property more than 150 years ago.  Continue Reading »

Working Lands Reborn

Gilchrist Forest The Conservation Fund Klamath County, Oregon “This was a labor of love,” said Evan Smith, senior vice president for conservation ventures with The Conservation Fund. Eight years ago, he and others started working on a plan to return an over-harvested timber stand to a more balanced working landscape. In 2010, the 48,000-acre Gilchrist  Continue Reading »