Conservation Trust Project

Interdisciplinary Research Projects | Fellowships | Recent Publications

Fellows focus on public trust theory and private property tools such as conservation easements and trust acquisitions to acheive landscape conservation and protect natural resources.

2017-2018 Projects:

Atmospheric Recovery


Adell Amos
Susan Gary
Richard Hildreth
Mary Wood

CTP Fellows

Sara Brennan - 3L - EWEB Fellow
As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Sara has always been aware of the need to find a balance between the growing economy and the urgent need for environmental protection. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Sara returned to Washington to work for a local clean air agency, responsible for enforcing regulations and permitting major sources of pollution, including everything from oil refineries to gasoline stations. While at the agency, Sara developed an interest in how law, regulations and people interact, which led her to Oregon Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources program. Deciding to spend her summer on the west coast, Sara worked as a law clerk  for the Natural Resources section of the Oregon Department of Justice. While at the DOJ, Sara was able to gain experience working with various state agencies focused on ensuring the protection and sustainable utilization of Oregon’s natural resources—continuing to help protect the place she grew up. 

Jen Respass - 2L- Bowerman Fellow 
Jen Respass grew up in Lake County, Illinois on the Lake Michigan coast, and has also lived in Nebraska and Texas. Before law school, she earned dual B.A. degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Raised by her grandparents, Jen learned to appreciate the environment from an early age. In Nebraska, her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline strengthened her passion for protecting the environment – culminating in her participation in non-violent, civil disobedience at the TransCanada HQ in Houston, Texas. Jen is particularly passionate about standing up for marginalized groups. She chose the University of Oregon to study environmental law with an emphasis on human rights, environmental racism, and tribal law. Over the summer she worked with Beyond Toxics. When she is not studying, Jen enjoys puzzles, gardening, and spending time with her two cats. She also volunteers for a start-up farm in Springfield, Oregon. 



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Related Links

McKenzie River Trust

Payette Land Trust