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It’s easements in Forest Park—flanking downtown Portland, or trails at The Nature Conservancy’s Cascade Head, a bluff overlooking the ocean and home to the Oregon silverspot butterfly—a threatened species.
Land Trusts help create parks, preserves and opportunities for Oregonians to get outside. Together, Oregon land trusts own over 90,0000 acres that are open for public enjoyment—a size comparable to Oregon’s state park system. Friends of the Gorge Land Trust is working on a vision to create a 200-mile trail system wrapping around the Columbia Gorge, connecting small towns, farms, wineries and wild areas together. Greenbelt Land Trust is helping Benton County expand and connect public trail systems that drive community health.
COLT supports expanding recreation lands and resources to connect more people to the outdoors for peace, health and science education. Deschutes Land Trust, for instance, is a leader in developing community-based recreation that also supports the delicate high-desert ecosystem. They partnered with the Deschutes National Forest and others to host a conversation about creating sustainable trails.