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February news from the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts
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Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts 

February 2017
Newsletter

To serve and strengthen the land trust community of Oregon
Wallowa Land Trust - 11-10-16 -Fundraiser Trailer -
Meet Weston, an 12-year old aspiring farmer who hopes to be the next generation to farm his family’s Wallowa County land. Take a minute to watch this short trailer about his family's historic farm, which is protected from development, courtesy of the Wallowa Land Trust.

The COLT Digest 

Oregon hosts a dynamic mosaic of landscapes that include river systems, forests, prairies, grasslands and active farm and ranch lands. These landscapes support our state’s economy and the health of our environment. The Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program is a much-needed program to help maintain Oregon's vital agricultural lands, while also enhancing their conservation benefits. COLT and our partners are working with legislators to pass this new program during the 2017 legislative session. Sign up for COLT's weekly land trust news to stay informed about our advocacy around this important program.
OSU, PSU and the Rogue Farm Corps recently published a compelling look at the future of Oregon's farmland and farmers. Among other findings, the report highlights that over the next 20 years, almost two thirds of Oregon's farmland (10.45 million acres) will change hands, creating a potential crisis for the state. Programs like the OAHP above can help landowners prepare for the changes to come, with land trusts poised to play an important role.
Registration opens on February 8th for the biennial Northwest Land Camp, a gathering of land trust board, staff and partners from around the Northwest. This popular and fun conference at Menucha in the Columbia Gorge fills fast, so be sure to register early. And help support Land Camp by becoming a sponsor!

Latest Oregon Land Trust News  

This is the Rogue River Preserve, one of the last in-tact and undeveloped stretches of riverfront on the upper Rogue River. Thanks to the leadership of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, and an outpouring of public and private support, this land will be protected forever. Great news for Oregon!
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Bear Creek on the McGribble property, now protected in thanks to the diligent work of the Wild Rivers Land Trust.  As their conservation director, Jerry Becker, said, “Three years ago, we took an important first step to preserve the Bear Creek “McGribble” property – and now, with the transfer to the U.S. Forest Service, that process is complete."
The Wetlands Conservancy's traveling Beaver Tales art exhibit kicks off on February 9th at OSU:

Land Trust Jobs

  • The Wetlands Conservancy is looking for their Associate Director (Portland) - Application review will begin on February 1st
  • McKenzie River Trust is hiring for their Land Protection Manager (Eugene) - deadline is February 14th
  • Friends of the Columbia Gorge is hiring for their Communications Director (Portland) - deadline is February 17th
  • Wallowa Land Trust is looking for their Conservation Program Manager (Enterprise) - First review of applications will begin on March 3rd 
    North Coast Land Conservancy is hiring 3 summer Stewardship Interns (Seaside) - deadline is April 1st
Hoot hoot! 
You ready for the #SuperbOwl this Sunday!? Go Owls!

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Making Conservation Work for America: The Gilchrist State Forest
Get to know Oregon's newest state forest, thanks in large part to The Conservation FundThe Gilchrist State Forest

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