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 2022
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.
Top State Policy Priorities 2020
With our coalition, we're actively working to secure dedicated funding in 2020. Oregon’s farm and ranch lands provide an economic and cultural cornerstone for the state. They also support critical habitat for fish and wildlife. In 2017, the legislature passed the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program to provide a suite of grants to support the conservation of farm and ranch lands. Now funding is needed to implement the program and leverage the federal Agricultural Conservation Easement Program authorized and funded in the 2018 Farm Bill. Learn more about OAHP
Other State Priorities We Support 2020
We support the state's 100-year Water Vision and the role natural lands play in keeping water clean for people and wildlife. We urge the legislature to set aside the necessary resources to support the state’s water needs assessment, analysis and prioritization process in the next biennium.