June 27, 2017: Lobby Day a success, OWLD photos, and more

COLT’s weekly land trust news

Tuesday June 27, 2017


Last Thursday, 35 people join COLT and our partners for our first ever Lobby Day to advocate for the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program. We met with 70 legislators, and found many new supporters for the program. Check out the great video above about the day, or our Facebook page for some photos from the day.

Hi everyone,

Whew!! What a week (hence this week’s news comes a day late).

With the legislative session coming to a head in the next two weeks, COLT’s first Lobby Day last Thursday in Salem, and the land trust community’s inaugural Oregon Walk the Land Day on Saturday, there’s been a lot going on to talk about.

A couple of matters to highlight first off before releasing you to the news of the week:

  • Last Thursday, Governor Brown signed SB 327!
    • This is a big big legislative victory for landowners
    • SB 327 helps to restore recreational immunity for landowners, and we are grateful to Governor Brown and an extensive coalition of partners who helped pass this critical piece of legislation this year.
  • The Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program bill, HB 3249, has a hearing tomorrow (Wednesday the 28th) before the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources.
    • This is the final step we need to take before the bill moves to the House floor.
      • Kelley and our partners will be at the hearing tomorrow to push for this next step.
    • We are very excited about the support we have received for this bill.
  • Finally, SB 181, which relates to property tax exemptions for certain nonprofits (including land trusts), was referred back to House Revenue Committee for a work session today.
    • COLT staff met with Rep. Pam Marsh last week, one of the lead Revenue Committee members, to express our serious concerns with the current bill.
    • We’ve been working closely with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and other partners on addressing our shared concerns about the bill.

Ok, onto this week’s news. Be sure to check out the photo album for the Oregon Walk the Land Day!

All the best to you,

Mike Running
Communication and Outreach Manager
See past weekly news from COLT

Our legislative tracking list as of June 27th

Our latest bill tracking sheet for the 2017 legislative session. Lots going on right now as the session approaches the finale.

Oregon Walk the Land Day a success!

This past Saturday, over 800 people came out to 17 events sponsored by 13 COLT member land trusts on our inaugural Oregon Walk the Land Day.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our first collectively-branded event a success. We had a number of organizations offer multiple events, and by all accounts the day was enjoyable, well-attended, and a success for everyone.

We look forward to working with everyone to develop an even bigger and better Oregon Walk the Land Day in 2018!!

Enjoy some of photos below, or browse our entire photo gallery here.

Oregon Land Trust News

The Rogue River Preserve now protected forever!! After nearly two years of committed community effort, the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy recently closed on their largest acquisition to date. Congratulations!!

Upcoming grants and deadlines

New opportunities

Upcoming opportunities

Upcoming webinars,
conferences and events

New events:

Upcoming events:

Some impressively artistic beavers at Deschutes Land Trust’s Camp Polk Meadow Preserve

Conservation job opportunities

Current job opportunities: 
  • The Oregon Association of Conservation Districts is looking for their next executive director (Salem) – deadline is July 14th
  • The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is looking for their executive director (Neskowin) – deadline July 16th
  • Inland Northwest Land Trust is looking for their next executive director (Spokane) – open until filled
  • Pacific Forest Trust is hiring for their Conservation and Stewardship Director (San Francisco) – open until filled

Other conservation news
and information

Current articles:

Articles from last week’s news:

A budding conservationist checking out Green Island on McKenzie River Trust’s Oregon Walk the Land Day event on Saturday. Photo by Brandi Crawford Ferguson.


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