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!
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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."