Meet our “coworkers” and sharing more resources
We wanted to update you that our offices are closed indefinitely—until we know more about the impacts of the health crisis. We’re working remotely and one thing I’ve also really appreciated during this time is the opportunity to see more of the extended COLT family and our “coworkers” at home.
Above: Meet my kids, Torey’s pup Supai (sporting a COLT hat, of course), Katie and her husband, Nancy and her grandkids, Michelle and her dog Minam (named after a river in Wallowa County) and even Jen’s cat curled up during a conference call.
While the world has changed drastically, COLT’s work and mission remain the same—we serve and strengthen the land trust community in Oregon. Last week COLT hosted a remote meeting with over 60 participants from the Oregon land trust community. We were joined by Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, who shared a special hour of conversation with us.
At COLT our goal is to serve you and want to hear how we can best support you during this time. We encourage you to take care of yourselves, each other and our communities and to keep supporting nonprofits, like our members, local businesses and others impacted by the health crisis. We also know getting outside is a solace for many of us at this time. We’ve been taking walks as a family and see many others doing the same. Please remember that many trails are now closed to the public and the recommended social distancing is still in effect, even in the great outdoors.
COVID-19 news and resources:
- Portland announces coronavirus aid programs for small businesses, low-income families (Oregonian)
- Disaster declaration issued for Oregon (Portland Business Journal)
- How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19 (Nonprofit Quarterly)
- Columbia Sportswear CEO takes pay cut to help support employees during coronavirus crisis (CNN)
- Zoom’s massive ‘overnight success’ actually took nine years (CNN)
- EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws amid Coronavirus (The Hill)
- US Forest Service closing all trails in Columbia River Gorge (Oregonian)
- 25 photos of Oregon in Spring, for a virtual spring break vacation (Oregonian)
- As COVID-19 spreads, how do you ethically get outdoors? (High Country News)
- The Mountains Are Calling, But Should You Go? (OPB)
- Responding to COVID-19: A Bold Conversation (Nonprofit Quarterly)
- The Coronavirus Pandemic Shows Us the Importance of Combatting Climate Change (Forbes)
- Where the Virus and Climate Intersect (The New York Times)
- Portland’s Jupiter Hotel Converted Into Homeless Shelter (OPB)
- RESOURCE: Oregon Health Authority (COVID-19 news, facts, and updates for Oregon)
- RESOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (COVID-19 resources)
- RESOURCE: Anti-stigma Resources for Washington and Oregon