The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy (SOLC) is excited to announce a new conservation agreement, which protects 160 beautiful acres in the Colestin Valley of Ashland, Ore. The property is located along one of the most important wildlife corridors in Oregon and northern California. It is home to oak woodlands, evergreen forest, chaparral and meadows and is a haven for special status wildlife and plants.
“We are honored to work with visionary landowners who appreciate the conservation values of their special places, said Cathy Dombi, SOLC Executive Director. Good habitats make great neighbors. All of us in Southern Oregon and beyond benefit when we come together to keep wild lands wild. Oregon has a proud tradition of celebrating the natural wonders of our amazing state.”
This new project adds to the 2,035 acres of already protected lands in the Colestin Valley.
Over the course of two years, SOLC worked together with the landowners to develop a conservation easement that works for the property and also meets the needs of owners, Stan Dean and Katharine Bronwen. “We knew we wanted to put a conservation easement on the property from the beginning,” reflected Stan. “This was a great way to make a long term difference.”
The voluntary conservation agreement ensures that the 160 acres will continue to provide a healthy habitat for wildlife, which will benefit the entire region. Under the conservation agreement the land stays in private ownership, the landowners continue to live on the property, and the property may be sold with the protections intact.
The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy was founded in 1978 as Oregon’s first regional land trust. SOLC works with landowners to save and restore the extraordinary rural character of this region including working farms, ranches, and forests, relatively undisturbed and diverse habitats, and lands with unique features (e.g., major streams, rivers or scenic views).
For more information about SOLC about their conservation efforts and other programs please go to www.landconserve.org or call 541-482-3069.