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Southern Oregon Land Conservancy earns national accreditation

The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s land trust accreditation has been renewed by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

SOLC provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that SOLC’s lands will be protected forever.

“Renewing our accreditation demonstrates SOLC’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in the Rogue River region,” said Cathy Dombi, SOLC executive director. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means special places — such as the Rogue River Preserve, Oredson-Todd Woods and Jacksonville Woodlands — will be protected forever, helping to keep Southern Oregon’s rural character, unique plant and animal communities, and clean water intact for our health and enjoyment today and for our children tomorrow.”

Established in 1978, SOLC is part of a network of more than 400 accredited land trusts across the nation committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in conservation work.

“The 10,400 acres protected by SOLC includes working forests, farm and ranch lands, wetlands, open spaces, and wildlands,” said Dombi. “In 2019, we expect to add an additional 1,000 acres of conserved lands.”

SOLC works with landowners to save and restore the rural character of this region, including working farms, ranches, and forests, relatively undisturbed and diverse habitats, and lands with unique features such as watersheds, threatened species, fish-bearing creeks and rivers, and scenic views.

For more information about SOLC conservation efforts and other programs, go to www.landconserve.org or call 541-482-3069.

Dave Garcia leads a Southern Oregon Land Conservancy community hike in Oredson-Todd Woods in Ashland.