Help Support Land Matters while getting the benefits of Membership
Supporting and advantage Memberships are now available.
See how a Membership can help you
Land Matters is just getting started. What you see is only a taste of what is on the way.
Keep Land Matters growing.
We rely entirely on your public support. Make a donation today.
Meet our Board of Directors
Land Matters was incorporated in the State of Arizona in early 2014. We currently have a three person Board of Directors.
Brian Cole - Chairman of the Board
Brian has been active in land use matters as well as civic organizations ever since his years as a geology student at the University of Oregon when he actively lead the way to halt the Days Creek Dam in Oregon. Brian then trained to be an Olympic rowing athlete in 1968 and took a bronze in the Olympic trials which lead him to two tours to Vietnam in the USN serving as a petty officer radioman/teletype repairman aboard the USS Neches and the USS Sacramento. He married while serving his last year of Duty at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station where his son was born. He has two step daughters as well.
Brian's interest in community leadership is evidenced by the numerous organizations he has served, including;
On the Board of Directors: "Florence Area Chamber of Commerce", "Last Resort Players", Boy's & Girls Club" & "Concerned Citizens of Western Lane County.
As President: "Siuslaw Rod and Gun Club", "Florence Lions Club" as well as the founder and President of the non-profit: "The Oregon Dunes Restoration Council ".
As an Active Member of Rotary, Chairman of the "West Lane County Planning Commission" and member of the Oregon Dept. Of Wildlife's (ODFW) "Snowy Plover Management Plan Team".
Brian was twice nominated for "1st Citizen of the Year" by the local Lions Club and Rotary Club for his extensive civic activity.
Brian has been active in land use matters and wildlife issues for the past 47 years and has often been asked to testify at Congressional hearings regarding Threatened and Endangered Species issues pertaining to land use matters. Brian has worked closely with the USFS on such issues as "timber harvest practice matters" and the Oregon Dunes Recreational Area management plan, where he was often asked to do presentations at their public hearings and other venues.
Brian enjoys many outdoor activities and has been an active "placer gold" miner for 40 years. Brian has been an entrepreneur most of his life. After being trained by the largest retailer in the world at the time, Brian left his management position in 1978 in order to start his own highly successful family business.
We are honored to have Brian as our Chairman of the Board and are excited about the skills and extensive experience he brings to the Land Matters table.
Leigh Johnson - President, Treasurer & Secretary
As one of the founders of Land Matters, Leigh has been a part of the organization from its inception. With decades of non-profit, financial, operations and management experience, she brought the skills necessary to get the idea of Land Matters off the table and into being.
Leigh became a CPA after college and settled into corporate accounting. An opportunity to travel the other side of the globe with a backpack convinced her that a good living did not require a blue suit and a beige office. Since then she has insisted on having a full and interesting life.
Always pursuing unique opportunities, Leigh swapped the blue suit for blue jeans and went to work handling finance and management duties for non-profits. Most of them with small budgets and big ideas. Now with over twenty years experience in managing non-profit operations, grants management, fundraising campaigns, events, budgeting and board relations, she has gained the hands-on experience required to grow Land Matters.
For five years, Leigh moved back into the corporate world working as Controller for the R&D branch of a defense contractor specializing in safety equipment. She gained experience in job costing, federal contracts, project management, research and development and other disciplines that give her a unique, well-rounded background.
For the last few years she and her husband have been busy building a specialized cartography business, traveling, and ever finding new adventures. From accountant, to cartographer, to database manager and web designer, Leigh has been integral to the foundation we have created for Land Matters. She looks forward to helping it grow.
John Barrett - Director
We are pleased to have John as a founding Director of Land Matters. John has been an avid supporter of Land Matters from its beginning. Being a man with a true understanding of the land around us, John brings knowledge, insight and the grounded perspective we need to keep our focus on land matters true.