July 24, 2017: New LNCT director, #ForestBathing, and more


COLT’s weekly land trust news

Monday July 24th, 2017

Crews work to restore the floodplain at the site of old gravel pits near the Willamette River in this drone view looking east. The Nature Conservancy’s Willamette Confluence Preserve work will allow the river to weave into the pits south of Springfield. (Rob Romig/The Register-Guard)

Hi everyone,

Nothing really to highlight here before sending you off to this week’s e-news.

So, off you go!

All the best,

Mike Running
Communication and Outreach Manager
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Oregon Land Trust News

Welcome two new land trust staff


The Lower Nehalem Community Trust recently hired Kate Morrison as their new Executive Director. Kate brings more than 20 years of experience in fund and donor development and communications.  She has worked with myriad non-profits throughout the Northwest, primarily in Walla Walla, Washington, after she graduated from Whitman College. “I’m excited about this new opportunity to help grow the organization and to plant some deeper roots in Manzanita.”  Kate is also a professional musician, primarily performing on weekends with Portland-based Kate & The Crocodiles.

The Wallowa Land Trust recently hired Eric Greenwell as their new Conservation Program Manager. Eric comes to the land trust from Southern Oregon, where he lived in the Siskiyou-Rogue River National Forest caretaking a grandfathered homestead and thinning oak forests in the Applegate Valley. Prior to caretaking, he was the development coordinator for a Wallowa County nonprofit and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from University of Idaho, which awarded him the opportunity to live and write at Taylor Ranch in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

We would also like to wish Barbara Edwardson all the very best, as she recently retired as the Acquisition Supervisor for Metro’s Parks and Natural Areas department. A key partner for COLT over the last couple of years, Barbara spent 14 years and two Metro bond measures securing over 6,000 acres in the region. â€œIt’s so cool to see a property you acquired get transformed and then open to the public,” Barbara said. “A thing like that gives you a warm and fuzzy in the heart.” Fortunately for the land trust community, Barbara plans on staying engaged with the Lower Nehalem Community Trust near her home on the coast.

Thank you Barbara for all you’ve done to help protect special places in Oregon!

Upcoming grants and deadlines

Upcoming opportunities

Our next Conservation Law Forum is coming up on August 16th! Register soon

Upcoming webinars,
conferences and events

New events:

  • September 14th and 15th: COLT’s summer board meeting in Corvallis
    • We sent information to board members last week; let me know if you didn’t receive it

Upcoming events:

Conservation job opportunities

Current job opportunities: 

Other conservation news
and information

Current articles:

Articles from the previous week’s news:

Nice reminder from the North Coast Land Conservancy.
For more on retired UO English professor Glen Love, see To the Rivers, With Love by NCLC’s own Bonnie Henderson


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