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 »

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 »

Land Trust outing shows importance of foods to Native culture

By Steve Tool for Wallowa County Chieftain Published July 12, 2016  |  Original source article Several dozen people ignored rain-threatening skies Saturday morning to journey to the Homeland Project in Wallowa for an Into the Wallowas outing focused on Native American foods. The outing, part of Wallowa Land Trust’s summer series, focused on common plants  Continue Reading »

Easements help keep land in farming

By KATY NESBITT/FOR THE CAPITAL PRESS Published on June 16, 2016 10:42AM – original source article ENTERPRISE, Ore. — When making decisions about the future of the family farm worries about taxes and values loom large. Nonprofits and agencies throughout the Northwest, such as Wallowa Land Trust, work with landowners to find ways to reduce  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 »

Oregon Conservation Projects Hinge on Fate of Federal Dollars

April 20, 2015 Public News Service – OR | April 2015 | PORTLAND, Ore. – Almost every park, trail and scenic view in Oregon has been touched in some way by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. But after 50 years, the fund is set to expire this fall. LWCF is money paid to the  Continue Reading »

Wallowa Land Trust gifts picture to Sen. Wyden

By Steve Tool – Wallowa County Chieftain March 19, 2015 3:38PM Wallowa Land Trust gifts benefactor Sen. Wyden. Wallowa Land Trust Executive Director Kathleen Ackley and Conservation Director Julia Lakes attended U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s March 13 La Grande town hall meeting to gift Wyden a David Jensen photograph of Wallowa Lake. Ackley said Wyden is  Continue Reading »

Lawmakers asked to fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

Future of conservation program uncertain By Andrew Clevenger / The Bulletin / @andclev / Full article from the Bend Bulletin Published Mar 5, 2015 at 12:01AM WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell pressed Senate appropriators Wednesday to approve the Obama administration’s 2016 budget request of $13.2 billion for the agency, including $900 million for Land and  Continue Reading »

Coalition closer to purchase on moraine

Rocky Wilson — Wallowa County Chieftain February 16, 2015 Courtesy photo/Anette Christoffersen Horseback riders on the East Moraine. If Congress reauthorizes the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, preservationists are positioned for grant funding that would purchase more than half of the moraine. An effort to permanently protect the East Moraine of Wallowa Lake from development, an  Continue Reading »