Oregon Women’s Land Trust works to improve ecosystems on rural women’s lands. Our educational workshops have included sustainable forestry, meadow protection and living on land in ways that welcomes homes for our wildlife partners.
OWLT has helped women develop land management plans that allows for sustainable use of resources from their land while allowing natural processes to continue, such as encouraging our forests to return to old-growth conditions and providing habitat for endangered species.
We encourage protection of water resources: fish on our lands, or downstream from our lands, will never be harmed by our actions. We lobby state regulators to strengthen clean-air protection from neighboring industrial timber-land owners who are currently allowed to aerial spray some of the worst pesticides on our borders.
Oregon Women’s lands provide ample opportunities to improve and protect wild ecosystems on private and pubic lands.
Please see our NEWS page to see how Oregon Women's Land Trust played a crucial role in fighting to stop a 230-mile liquified natural gas pipeline that would have destroyed old growth forests & endangered species habitat, compromised the safety and health of Oregon Women's Lands and many other Oregon landower's properties, and contributed to climate change.
GARDEN PARTIES: Furthering Our Land Wisdom Mission
Every year since the summer of 2000, women have gathered at OWL Trust Garden Parties to learn about sustainable land use and share gardening lore. These events are held at womens' homes region-wide. They showcase the amazing results of skillful hands-on work and offer focused learning about ecological care of land in urban, backyard and country settings.
Garden Parties also raise money for the work of OWL Trust, while serving as mini-harvest festivals: women bring garden produce (fresh, canned, dried) for Give-Away, help themselves to what others bring, and pay what they can afford in tax deductible donations toward OWL Farm's property taxes.
Garden Party topics have included: Beekeeping, Sustainable Orcharding, Strawbale Gardening, Solar Power, Rainwater Catchment, Bio-Char, Drought Gardening, Pollinators, Raised Beds, Creative Gardening with Physical Challenges, Seed Exchange, Solar Ovens, Propagation, Permaculture, Getting Serious about Feeding Ourselves.