Terra Firma Times
Lucky Number 7 in Jacksonville
Board of Directors
Kara Olmo, President John Bruckman, PhD, Vice-president Bill Morrish, Chairman Donald Rubenstein, Secretary Steve Bradley, Treasurer Pat Acklin Tom Atzet, PhD Charles Bennett Dan Kellogg Donna Rhee Rich Whitley Sam Whitford
Trustee Council Deborah Ameen Al Buck Paul Imperia, MD Judson Parsons Christine Pellett Harry Piper Sarah Sameh Karen Smith Steve Swearingen Nancy Tait Jeanne Taylor Bill Thorndike, Jr.
Alex Liston Dykema Attorney Diane Garcia Executive Director Su Rolle Interim Conservation Coordinator Michael Stringer Development Director Leslie van Gelder Office Manager
For over 15 years, the Land Conservancy has been working with the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Woodlands Association to safeguard lands they set aside for use by the public. Together we’ve conserved six wooded parcels covering over 120 acres of land.
the Jacksonville Historic Woodlands and Trails System.
by Jacksonville pioneer and prominent banker C. C. Beekman. Beekman’s daughter later sold the property to the University of Oregon, which sold the property to Dr. James Woods in the early 1990s. In 2006, with assistance from the Trust for Public Lands, the property was conveyed to the City of Jacksonville to become a park for public use and enjoyment. It now joins a network of natural areas and open space surrounding the city that supports
Many thanks to the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Woodlands Association for their steadfast work and dedication to this project.
Pacific madrone, California black oak, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir dominate the land along with several old-growth whiteleaf Manzanita. Daisy Creek, a small perennial stream, runs This month we along a portion signed a conservaof the proption agreement to erty supporting protect a seventh Oregon ash and piece of land some impressive, another 6 acres of large Oregon trails and woods. white oaks and California black The property is oaks. The Grove known as The also contains a Grove and has large number a long history of Gentner’s in Jacksonville. frittilary (FritilDuring the Gold laria gentneri), Rush years of a federallylisted The Jacksonville Woodlands are important the 1850’s, early endangered lily, for both locals and visitors alike. settlers used the unique to the area as a semi-perJacksonville Woodlands. manent tent city. It was later purchased
To get to the Grove, travel south on 3rd Street past Maple Street. The trail on the east side of the street travels through this lovely addition to the Jacksonville Woodlands. Several interpretive signs are posted and explain the cultural and natural significance of the area.
Director’s Message Taking Care of Oregon
his fall, I’ve taken some short weekend trips in our beautiful state. Wherever I go, I am awed by the beauty and diversity of Oregon. Last weekend I traveled to Odell Lake, on the edge of Klamath County, where bald eagles flew overhead feasting on Kokanee as they made their way through the creek. This area is near where the Deschutes Land Trust, located in Bend, works. Two weekends before that, my husband and I kayaked on Upper Klamath Lake. We paddled
conserved over 37 million acres through the marshes and saw kingfishers, herons and a cinnamon of land. teal. A new land trust If you haven’t had in Klamath County an opportunity to will be protecting the see the rest of our beautiful lands in that state, don’t wait region. Soon I’ll be any longer. From heading to Portland, the high desert to where the Columbia the magnificent Land Trust has coast, from the protected over fertile Willamette 10,000 acres. Sunrise at Odell Lake Valley to the far corners of Across Oregon, land northeastern Oregon, natural beauty trusts are making a lasting impact awaits you wherever you go. And using the same approach and high standards to make sure that Oregon land trusts just like ours are making sure it stays that way! remains beautiful. For the land, We’re part of a national coalition comprised of more than 1,600 nonprofit land trusts that have
As the leaves change this time of year, Autumn brings with it changes at the Land Conservancy as well.
At the Board level, There have Kara Olmo was also been some nominated presichanges to We said goodbye to Dom DiPaolo in dent, John Bruckthe Board and September. Dom has served as our Trustee Council. man was nominatConservation Coordinator since 2007. ed vice-president Karen Smith, a During Dom’s time at the Land Conand Donald Ruben- John Bruckman founding memservancy, he helped complete seven Donald Rubenstein ber of the Land stein stepped into outstanding conservation projects, the role of Board Secretary. Conservancy, including the 1,300 acre Sky King moved off the Board and Cole property located at the SiskiBill Morrish, past president, you Summit. Dom also launched our onto the Trustee Counbecame Chairman of the cil where she continues to soon-to-be-completed Conservation Board and is working to help further our mission Plan and was instrumental in buildexpand leadership at all levand broaden our influence ing relationships with landowners els. We feel very fortunate and partnerships with local, state and through her many contacts in to have these outstanding the Rogue Valley. federal agencies. We wish leaders Dom success in all his guiding We also welcomed Kara Olmo future endeavors. the Land three new trustees to For now, Su Rolle has stepped in to cover our stewardship responsibilities while we search for a permanent member of our
the Trustee Council: Harry Piper from Eagle Point (see his profile, right), Steve Swearingen from Grants Pass, and Dr. Paul Imperia
Conservancy into its exciting future.
Landowner Gets Extra Credit
arry Piper moved to the Rogue Valley in 2004. He was on the hunt for the elusive steelhead, while his wife Mary was searching for more sunshine than the short Montana summers provide. Today, Harry serves on our Trustee Council – between trips hunting for his beloved steelhead, raising two teenagers, and writing books. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Harry’s grandfather started an investment firm with C.P. Jaffray known today as Piper Jaffray & Co. His father took on the family business and made it the household name that it is today, but Harry found a different path. He attended Stanford Law School and went to work for the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. before landing back in Minneapolis, where he practiced law until 1989. It was then that Harry finally succumbed to the call of the West. Harry moved to Bozeman, Montana and went into the real estate business, selling ranch lands. He donated a conservation easement to the Gallatin Valley Land Trust on his own ranch of 265 acres. Now that Harry has landed in the Rogue Valley, he is officially retired, but that has not slowed him down. He serves on numerous boards and volunteers as much as he can. He is passionate about protecting land for the future in hopes that, one day, his children will have as much passion for the outdoors as he does.
ne of the questions we are often asked is, “What does the landowner get out of conserving land?” Our usual response begins with, “Well, it depends…”
his “carbon credits” on an open market to those companies that emit lots of CO2.
Chip, working with forestry consultant Jerry Becker, determined Such is the case with our work. We that his 359 acres could sequester work with landowners of all stripes and (or store) about 10,000 tons of that means that, while all receive the carbon over the next 100 years. satisfaction of saving a gem for future By certifying this through careful generations, some also receive analysis (and a lot of long days slogging through financial benefits. his young Chip Boggs has forest), Chip can always been redeem the value 100% committed of his forest’s to sustainably ability to store managing his carbon from the property. Through atmosphere by a new program, selling this asset he may just get a to willing buyers. financial reward as well.
Chip says that having a Chip and Clara Chip Boggs works with a Land conservation Boggs own 359 Conservancy volunteer. easement on his acres of forested property made land near Coquille. The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy negotiated the process one step easier. “A conservation easement is a key part a conservation easement on their of this process – ensuring that the property with them in 2003. The Boggs sustainably manage their forest, land will be in this condition in 100 years was a requirement,” he says. and have received certification for their timber management practices by Northwest Certified Forestry. About a year ago, Chip learned of a unique opportunity for his forest that would give him and his family a new source of revenue. Through a new program offered by Northwest Certified Forestry, Northwest Neutral, Chip is certifying his land’s ability to store carbon from the air. Young forests like Chip’s have the potential to store carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere for hundreds to thousands of years. Properly documenting this will enable Chip to earn revenue from selling
The deal has not been completed yet and Chip is not sure how much revenue it will bring, but he is fairly certain it will cover the amount he has invested in carbon credit certification so far: “I’m one of the first kids on the block to take this step, so we’ll have to just wait and see.” Chip and Clara’s property will be the first of what we hope are many conserved lands that offer a solution to global climate change. For that, they should receive extra carbon credit!
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