- Ben Gordon, 37, took over for COLW founder Paul Dewey as executive director on June 1, 2020.
This is a great episode for people who are interested in learning more about the nuances of environmental activism and conservation in Central Oregon. We explore how COLW uses a mix of coalition building along with the expertise of its two staff attorneys to enforce Oregon’s unique land use laws, which were designed to preserve farm and forest land in the state.
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Gordon talks about a new project to set minimum flows on the Deschutes River in collaboration with local irrigation districts and U.S. Fish & Wildlife, which will help preserve endangered species within the basin.
We also talk about a new development called Thornburgh Resort at Cline Buttes that’s been in the works for more than a decade. The resort would include 1,000 homes, three golf courses and 475 overnight lodging units east of Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond.
In recent years, COLW has shifted gears with a campaign to encourage urban infill development in Bend’s Central District. COLW has formed a visionary board and is working with the City of Bend to push for sustainable and affordable housing and development in the heart of Bend.
Get ready to dive into the details during this engaging conversation with Gordon who is an inspiring young leader within Central Oregon’s environmental community.
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