Land Legacy Program
What happens on the land touches all of us, from the food we eat to the water we drink and the air we breathe. EMSWCD’s Land Legacy Program works to secure the voluntary protection of our most valuable open spaces in order to protect and enhance our special quality of life. The Land Legacy Program helps to realize these outcomes through three initiatives:
Working Farmland Protection Program
Farmland acreage in Multnomah County has decreased by 63% – 50,000 acres – since 1945. We are working to help ensure high quality farmland is available for current and future farmers by entering into voluntary farmland protection agreements that ensure farmland stays in production, remains affordable and is sustainably managed.
EMSWCD works with public, non-profit and private partners to help promote the voluntary protection of important natural areas. We want to ensure these lands continue to sustain our health, our happiness and our economy through their undisturbed forests, streams, wetlands, meadows, ridgetops and other habitat resources. In some cases, portions of these properties may also be made available for limited public access, such as hiking and nature study.
Urban Access to Nature
EMSWCD works with public, non-profit and private partners to help create access to nature for underserved urban neighborhoods. This includes funds for the acquisition of property, and capital for park improvements (the latter often being funded through EMSWCD’s Grant Program).