John Gray's family puts up $4.5M for Oregon land conservation

The family of John Gray, a prolific developer, made a $4.5 million grant to statewide land conservation efforts.

The family of John Gray, a prolific developer, made a $4.5 million grant to statewide land conservation efforts. 

The family of John Gray Thursday announced a $4.5 million grant to the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts to be used exclusively for the Oregon Advancing Conservation Excellence program.

The Land Trust Alliance, which runs the program, hired Brad Paymar to manage it.

John Gray, a prolific resort and office developer, passed away on Oct. 19 at age 93. He created a new foundation shortly before his death.

"Oregon land trusts are poised to make a big impact on the quality of life for all Oregonians," said Nick Walrod, Gray's grandson, in a statement. "Land trusts have proved that they know how to conserve land for the economic, social and environmental benefit of their communities for generations to come."

The grant period of the gift is five years and is designed to leverage additional funding for the work of land trusts across the state.

Land trusts in Oregon have permanently protected 53,000 acres – more than half of the acreage in all Oregon state parks combined.

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