In state and federal policy issues, we represent the interests of land trusts and work to advance conservation in Oregon.
Every year COLT’s board of directors develops a policy platform to guide our collective work.
Top State Policy Priorities
COLT's top priority this short session is to secure $5 million in funding for the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program (OAHP). OAHP was designed by agricultural and conservation groups to protect farm and ranch land, keep it in production, and enhance its natural resource value. Established in 2017, OAHP is administered by Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and is ready to implement, but it has yet to be funded.
COLT, along with a broad coalition of conservation and agriculture groups are asking you to join us in reaching out to your legislators and ask that they make a budget request of $5M for OAHP.