Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts

The mission of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is to serve and strengthen the land trust community in Oregon.

The Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (or COLT) is the only association of land trusts in Oregon, where it serves as the central voice of the land trust community. COLT focuses on improving and advancing land conservation in the state through increased land trust capacity and coverage, engagement of stakeholders, defending and developing new and larger sources of funding, and supportive policies. It represents the land trust community and provides leadership on important initiatives in public policy advocacy, policy implementation decisions, and outreach to public and private stakeholders.

Our values and services:

The preservation of open spaces, scenic vistas, working landscapes and natural areas is valued by the people and communities of Oregon, and is vital to the long-term health and well-being of our native plants and animals. The unique approach of private, voluntary conservation of these special places is central in the collaborative, long-term effort to achieve community-centric livability across the state.

Some of COLT’s core values and services include:

  • Cooperative partnerships with private landowners, public agencies and community leaders to achieve land trust goals.
  • A land trust community that reflects the diversity of Oregon.
  • Access to high-quality reliable land trust services by every community in Oregon.
  • Transparency, integrity and accountability in land trust operations.
  • The provision of high-quality services to its member organizations.
  • Strengthening the land trust community in Oregon through capacity-building, policy, and active development and communication of the land trust story.

See our Member Land Trusts
See our Board, Staff, and Committee members

What’s a land trust?

 A land trust or conservancy is typically a nonprofit working with individuals who want to conserve land in their backyard or local community—protecting places like parks, waterways, areas with critical wildlife habitat, community gardens, working farms, restoration projects and more. Click here to learn more about land trusts, or here to get to know our land trust members.