State of the Lands Report 2023: People, Land, and Justice

We’re all connected.

Each year, our State of the Lands report celebrates the work of Oregon’s land trusts and highlights the story of how our members are supporting communities and protecting land for people and wildlife. The 2023 State of the Lands report is our 2022 annual report and reflection of the inspiring work across the state.

This year’s State of the Lands report is about land, people, and how they are interconnected. It is about us learning new and deeper ways to connect to the land and understanding its healing force for us all.

Land trusts bring communities together to protect habitat, clean water, working farms, forests and important cultural resources that are of the land and on the land. Land trusts work to achieve our statewide goals, not through regulation but through collaboration. At the core of this work are people.

Thank you for being a part of this movement and we hope you enjoy the report!

State of the Lands report cover featuring a collage of a butterfly, hikers, and a mountain scene


Featured stories

  • Planting the Seeds for Land Sovereignty—the story of Black Oregon Land Trust‘s first 10 acres in Corbett, Oregon and their work to help reconnect Black farmers and land stewards to the land (page 3)
  • Stewarding the Land for People—the story of how Forest Park Conservancy is using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to revive an old growth forest (page 5)
  • Saving a Butterfly on the Brink—the story of how Greenbelt Land Trust and conservation partners helped the Fender’s blue butterfly fly off the endangered species list (page 7)
  • Catalyzing a Community—the story of the Trust for Public Land‘s role in helping create a green schoolyard with the community of Chiloquin, Oregon (page 9)
  • Protecting Land for Climate Resilience—the story of Deschutes Land Trust‘s recent acquisition of the Paulina Creek Preserve, a ribbon of green in the desert that will help build habitat and climate resilience (page 11)

Our Collective Impact

The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT) supports and unites more than 30 organizations that protect special places and connect people to nature.

We advocate for innovative policies, partnerships and programs to protect wildlife and wild places, defend working farms and forests, provide recreation and parks, champion clean water for all, drive climate solutions and science, engage communities, and advance land justice in Oregon.

Infographic of COLT's collective impact with stats including 290,099 total acres protected, 97 places open to the public, 42 places with public trails, 51 places that allow dogs, 14 places that are ADA, 19,657 acres open to the public, 27 land acquisition projects in 2022.

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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