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'Land Sharing' Opens Private Land To Campers

<p>A view of Mount Hood from "Camp Lizard," one of the campsites available on LandApart, bordering Mount Hood National Forest near The Dalles, Oregon</p>

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A view of Mount Hood from "Camp Lizard," one of the campsites available on LandApart, bordering Mount Hood National Forest near The Dalles, Oregon

You’ve heard of car-sharing. Now here’s “land sharing.” A Portland start-up is expanding the share economy concept to private landowners and campers.

A new company called LandApart follows the AirBnB model, but for campers. People who want to camp or rent a cabin in a beautiful area can pay a private landowner for access.

CEO Ven Gist says the company is in part a response to sometimes-crowded public lands that are often not reservable.

"We’re basically collaborating with landowners to open up new wild spaces that people can find and book for truly secluded, unique outdoor experiences," Gist said.

Campsites on the website right now average between $30 and $40 per night. Gist says that since the company launched a couple months ago, about 40 landowners in the Northwest have signed up to host campers.

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Amanda Peacher is an Arthur F. Burns fellow reporting and producing in Berlin in 2013. Amanda is from Portland, Oregon, where she works as the public insight journalist for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She produces radio and online stories, data visualizations, multimedia projects, and facilitates community engagement opportunities for OPB's newsroom.