Ten short years ago, a group of conservationists sat around a kitchen table and debated the best way to preserve a particular parcel of private property for the long-haul. They knew a conservation easement was the best way to protect the environmental investments and stream restoration already completed (shout out to Grande Ronde Model Watershed and partners for that AMAZING project!), but there wasn't a local land trust in existence to hold such an easement...
As we now know, this dedicated group went on to form their own 501(c)3 land trust, and Blue Mountains Conservancy was born. Join us this Saturday, June 24th, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE DATE AND TIME CHANGE! Outing was originally scheduled for June 10th but will now take place on June 24th!) at End Creek (66437 Hunter Rd, on the right just before you get to End Rd: go past the house and the barns to the big red metal building!). If you'd rather caravan, meet us at the ODS parking lot on Jefferson and 3rd in La Grande at 6:00 p.m., and we can drive as a group. Wear proper hiking gear, and feel free to bring the whole family!
June 24th marks Coalition of Oregon Land Trust's first annual statewide Walk the Lands Day. Join Oregonians everywhere and get outside to appreciate first-hand what conservation looks like and how it makes our state a better place.
JUST ADDED! ANOTHER WAY TO CELEBRATE 'WALK THE LANDS' DAY!! (See below)
We spent as much time as we could this winter talking to our members and asking what you'd like to see us do this year. The most frequent response? "I'd like to know more about how conservation easements work, and if it would be a good fit for me." Enter Nancy Duhnkrack, a Blue Mountains Conservancy member and head of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trust's pro bono attorney program. Ms. Duhnkrack will be presenting on June 15th in La Grande, so grab your neighbors and come on down to Cook Memorial Library. Questions? We're HERE for you!
Thanks, again, to Nella Mae and ALL her helpers during our marvelously sunny Family Day last Saturday. Thanks, as well, to all the families that came by to taste greens, plant tomatoes, pull carrots, and play store at the farm stand! If you missed out this year, be sure to get on our mailing list (we NEVER spam!) so you will stay in the know for future Conservancy events!
The wind certainly couldn't keep us away from celebrating Earth (and Science) Day last Saturday! The first annual celebration in Max Square was an unequivocal hit, and we thank all the kids and kids-at-heart who stopped by the Conservancy booth for some animal pelt identifyin', raffle-ticket buyin', Eastern Oregon conservin', Outdoor School learnin' FUN!
Blue Mountains Conservancy
Dedicated to promoting stewardship of private and public lands for the preservation of the rural character and natural legacy of NE Oregon.