Natural Lands

EMSWCD works with public, non-profit and private partners to help promote the voluntary protection of important natural areas. The resources found on undisturbed open spaces are a key ingredient of our regional quality of life. They deliver clean air and water and provide critical resources for plants and animals as our region continues to grow. We want to ensure these lands continue to sustain our health, our happiness and our economy.

Know of a Land Conservation Opportunity? If you are the owner of a property with significant natural resource values, or if you know of a possible opportunity, reach out to us. We may be able to connect you with a partner who can assist. Contact Matt Shipkey, our Land Legacy Program Manager at (503) 935-5374 or

Natural Lands Conservation Success Stories