December 19, 2016: Protecting Oregon’s Farms, ❤ of the Rogue, and more


Columbia Land Trust recently announced the protection of 2,400 acres in Klickitat Canyon, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and The Conservation Fund.

COLT’s weekly land trust news

Monday December 19th, 2016

Hi everyone.

With apologies for not being able to get the weekly news out last week, please find below the latest and greatest as we cruise to the end of a very interesting year.

However, first we’d like to offer a few updates and bits of information:

In the last two weeks, COLT has hosted our winter board meeting in Portland, as well as the final Oregon Conservation Law Forum. Both events happened to coincide with the two snowstorms the Metro region experienced, so many thanks to the intrepid board members and law forum participants.

Last Monday the 12th, Kelley and I were in Salem much of the day as part of the final Legislative Days before the legislative session begins in February. We met with a number of state senators and representatives on two key policies for land trusts: the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program (OAHP), and a legislative fix to the recreational immunity statute. We received much support from legislators, particularly on the OAHP, which is excellent news. Although the proposed program was not included in the Governor’s Recommended Budget, we still hope to pass the program unfunded, thereby making ourselves ready when we do find funding.

Below is a message from one of COLT’s consultants, Nellie McAdams, who presented at COLT’s December board meeting. She’ll be travelling in early 2017 doing presentations on a recent study she was involved in (see the editorial below from the Eugene Register Guard, Protecting Oregon farms):

======= From Nellie McAdams======

Two-thirds of Oregon’s agricultural land (10.5 million acres) will change hands in the next 20 years and the vast majority of Oregon’s farmers and ranchers do not have succession plans.  These are some of the findings from a recent report by OSU, PSU, and Rogue Farm Corps (also see the articles in the Oregonian and Capital Press).

One of the report authors, Nellie McAdams of Rogue Farm Corps, is offering to give presentations about this report at the regularly scheduled meetings of organizations around the state between January and April of 2017.  Presentations may last from 15 minutes to two hours depending on the organization’s interest and availability.  Nellie will offer report findings about farm succession, access to land, and changes in how Oregon farmland is used, as well as statistics from your region.  If time permits, she can also help facilitate a group discussion about these trends and how to address them.

To arrange a presentation to your board or community, contact Nellie at, 971.409.6806.

Lastly, this will be the final weekly news of 2016, as the COLT office will be closed the week of December 26th. We thank you for your steadfast readership for another year, and look forward to keeping our growing email base up-to-date with conservation news and information in 2017. If you would like to continue to support COLT in this and other efforts, please consider making a small donation this year. Your support matters so much to us.

Wishing you, your staff, family, and friends a happy, healthy and joyful rest of the holiday season. Happy New Year to everyone!!


Mike Running
Communication and Outreach Manager

McKenzie River Trust’s Green Island after the Great Freeze of 2016. Stunning photo(s) by Christer LaBrecque.

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