Conservancy leader travels to nation’s capital to advocate for conservation

Katie Voelke presenting an award from the Land Trust Alliance to Rep. Earl Blumenauer at his office in the Longworth House Office Building. With her are Russ Shay (left) and Bethany Erb (right) from the Land Trust Alliance.

North Coast Land Conservancy Executive Director Katie Voelke returned from a week in Washington, D.C., advocating on behalf of the national Land Trust Alliance and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts — her first such trip to the nation’s capital. In Washington she spoke to members of Oregon’s congressional delegation, advocating for continued support of key federal conservation programs such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Voelke presented both Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Ron Wyden with an award from the Land Trust Alliance recognizing their leadership in making the Conservation Easement Tax Incentive permanent.

Immediately upon her return to Oregon, Voelke received the Gaylord Nelson Award from the City of Cannon Beach at the city’s annual 12 Days of Earth Day potluck, in recognition of her many years promoting environmental awareness and protection. The award is named for the Wisconsin senator who founded Earth Day in 1970 and who sponsored significant environmental legislation during his term in office, from 1963 to 1983.

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