State of the Lands 2022 Released

Enjoy our 2022 State of the Lands report!

Each year this report celebrates the work of Oregon’s land trusts and the story of how our members are supporting communities and protecting land for people and wildlife. The 2022 State of the Lands report is our 2021 annual report and reflection of the inspiring work across the state. Thanks to those who joined our launch party on June 13!

Cover photo: Lower Nehalem Community Trusts’s Alder Creek Farm hosted an event in partnership with People of Color Outdoors through COLT’s Trusted Lands project. Learn more on page 7. Photo by Andrea Leoncavallo of Lionhorse Productions.


Featured stories:

  • Traditional root gathering event—the story of partnership between Wallowa Land Trust, tribal members, The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, and Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland to bring people together, heal historical trauma, and reconnect Indigenous people with their ancestral homeland
  • Indigenous-led cultural burning training—the story of bringing healthy fire back to the land thanks to a cultural burning training led by Indigenous fire practitioners and hosted on land held in easement by McKenzie River Trust
  • Learning on the land—the story of how The Wetland’s Conservancy is working with a local alternative community high school to steward wetlands in the Portland-metro area
  • Restoring critical salmon habitat—the story of Columbia Land Trust‘s role in acquiring land on the main stem of the Columbia near Astoria to protect salmon habitat and create a living laboratory for budding environmentalist at Clatsop Community College
  • Protecting the sagebrush sea—the story of Oregon Desert Land Trust‘s landmark acquisition of 17,000 acres in the Pueblo Mountains—one of the largest conservation project in the state


You’ll also find news about:

  • Southern Oregon Land Conservancy‘s newly acquired Pompadour Bluff
  • A budding partnership with People of Color Outdoors and Lower Nehalem Community Trust
  • How the Nature Conservancy in Oregon‘s prescribed burning and thinning efforts affected the outcome of the Bootleg Fire
  • Artwork inspired by Greenbelt Land Trusts‘ Lupine Meadows and the threatened Fender’s Blue Butterfly who calls it home
  • How Trust for Public Land helped the town of Butte Falls efforts to acquire land to protect drinking water and build fire resiliency\
  • Deschutes Land Trust‘s newest statewide effort to protect the western monarch butterfly
  • Forest Park Conservancy‘s event series with queer environmentalist Pattie Gonia

Want your own printed copy of the new report? Great! Just let us know and we’ll happily mail one your way.

You can also enjoy reports from previous years! 

Kelsey Kuhnhausen

Kelsey Kuhnhausen

Kelsey is COLT's Communications Manager.

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