Get Outdoors Day 2019 Press Release

The Nature Conservancy. Ben Herndon

For Immediate Release

May 2, 2019

Contact: Kendra Manton,, 503-200-9472
Contact: Kelley Beamer,, 503-348-9612

Who is Celebrating Governor Brown’s Outdoor Recreation Day? Oregon Land Trusts.

On June 1, land trusts kick-off the summer and the Governors message for getting outdoors

PORTLAND, OR—Nine land trusts will be hosting 14 events for Get Outdoors Oregon day Saturday, June 1.

Land trusts or land conservancies are nonprofit organizations that actively work to conserve land in local communities. They help to create parks, preserves and opportunities for local outdoor recreation. Together, Oregon land trusts protect 415,936 acres, 96,631 acres open for public enjoyment. In partnership with wildlife refuges, state parks and community gardens, land trusts are helping to build a network of protected lands across the state for all to enjoy.

House Bill 2143 signed by Governor Kate Brown in June 2017 was very clear, “We designate an annual day to celebrate a facet of Oregon life that is so essential to its culture, economy and livability… Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon: The first Saturday in June of each year is designated as Oregon Outdoor Recreation Day”. The land trust community plans to celebrate with events for all, walking, nature journaling, birding, island exploring, picnics and more.

Get Outdoors Oregon Day on Saturday, June 1, is a chance to get outside—whether that’s attending a land trust event, exploring Oregon’s hiking trails or enjoying a local park with family.

“Oregonians have invested in land conservation to protect special places and our quality of life. Land trusts help maintain open space, clean water, clean air, working forests, working farms, and places for wildlife to thrive. With Get Outdoors Oregon Day, we want Oregonians to connect with the land and feel inspired,” said Kelley Beamer, executive director of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT).

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Get Outdoors Oregon Day is a statewide effort from the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, working in conjunction with the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation, to encourage Oregonians to explore, discover and learn about Oregon’s special places. Land trust events on Get Outdoors Oregon Day range from nature writing to wildflower walks, birding, island explorations, picnics and invasive plant removal. Locations are in every corner of Oregon: John Day, Prineville, Ashland, Eugene, Corvallis, Mosier, Seaside, Portland and more.

“Whether you choose to explore our public lands, the ocean shore or our amazing network of private lands conserved by the land trust community, June 1st is a day to celebrate that in Oregon we all belong outdoors” said Cailin O’Brien-Feeney, Director of the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation.


Land Trust: Deschutes Land Trust
Nearest Town: Bend
Preserve: Camp Polk Meadow
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Land Trust: Deschutes Land Trust
Nearest Town: Bend
Preserve: Metolius River Preserve
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Land Trust: Mckenzie River Trust
Nearest Town: Eugene
Preserve: Green Island
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Land Trust Friends of Columbia River Gorge Land Trust
Nearest Town Mosier
Preserve Mosier Plateau
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Land Trust Blue Mountain Land Trust
Nearest Town Walla Walla
Preserve Blue Mountains
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Land Trust Blue Mountain Land Trust
Nearest Town Walla Walla
Preserve Fort Walla Walla Nature Preserve
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Land Trust The Nature Conservancy
Nearest Town Eugene
Preserve Willamette Confluence
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Land Trust The Nature Conservancy
Nearest Town Prineville
Preserve Juniper Hills
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Land Trust Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
Nearest Town Ashland
Preserve Rogue River Preserve
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Land Trust Greenbelt Land Trust
Nearest Town Corvallis
Preserve Bald Hill Farm
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Land Trust North Coast Land Conserancy
Nearest Town Seaside
Preserve Circle Creek
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Land Trust Forest Park Conservancy
Nearest Town Portland
Preserve Forest Park
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Get Outdoors Oregon day:

Hashtag: #getoutdoorsOR
Instagram: @getoutdoorsor
Land Trusts:
A land trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and steward lands, by working with willing landowners and diverse community partners. Land trusts partner with private landowners to negotiate agreements that permanently protect land and public resources like clean water, clean air, places for wildlife, and farmland.

Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts:
Contact: Kelley Beamer, Executive Director (503) 348-9612

The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT) is the state association of land trusts in Oregon, made up of 20 nonprofit land trusts serving communities around the state. COLT focuses on improving and advancing land conservation in the state through increased land trust capacity and coverage, engagement of stakeholders, defending and developing new and larger sources of funding, and supportive policies. It represents the land trust community and provides leadership on important initiatives in public policy advocacy, policy implementation decisions, and outreach to public and private stakeholders.

Kendra Manton

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