A Tribute to Hector Macpherson Jr., a Land Use Hero

Jason Miner

I didn't know Hector Macpherson Jr., so some might say I'm an odd choice to write a tribute to him.

Everyone who loves Oregon, however, owes tribute to Hector Macpherson Jr., who, as noted in obituaries and honors across the state, passed away on March 21, 2015. In fact, many farmers wrote to us to share what Hector meant to them (and we share one of those memories in the images below). This is especially pointed considering what our co-founder Henry Richmond said of the farming community:

Housing Opportunity Day and the Fight to Fund Long-Term Housing

Karli Petrovic

By all accounts, the Oregon Housing Alliance’s Housing Opportunity Day was a success. On March 11, 2015, more than 250 advocates participated in the day-long event that began at the First United Methodist Church of Salem and ended at the Capitol. Throughout the day, participants met with more than 50 legislators and covered the Capitol’s steps with 20,000 socks that participants collected to draw attention to a startling statistic: 20,000 children and youth experienced homelessness in 2014. And they aren’t the only ones.

Leadership Spotlight: Elemental Technologies

In this month’s Leadership Spotlight, 1000 Friends caught up with Sam Blackman, CEO and co-founder of Elemental Technologies. As the leader of a top-notch tech firm in the Rose City, Blackman isn’t one to rest on his laurels. His passion for improving his community, city, and state is apparent in the initiatives he supports at Elemental. From volunteer hours to a Community Ambassador program, Blackman is a leader for positive change.

Video: What's Your Oregon Story?

Every Oregonian has a unique Oregon Story--how you came here, what you think is outstanding about this place. We asked guests at our 2014 Tom McCall Gala to share their own Oregon Stories. In this video, we share some of our favorite moments. (See photos from the McCall Gala here.)

OPB: Oregon Planning Agency Would Prioritize Farm, Forest Longevity

Rob Manning
OPB News
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:00pm

The state agency responsible for governing Oregon’s local land-use plans has come up with a new plan for itself.

The Department of Land Conservation and Development, has two missions: to conserve farm and forestland, and to develop land for houses and jobs.

State law requires local governments to continually ensure they have sufficient land for houses and jobs.

Three Voices, One Compass: Meet Our McCall Gala Speakers

Join us next Friday, June 20, for the 2014 McCall Gala. Come to connect and commit to Oregon's future. Meet Emerging Advocates and hear from three standout Oregon innovators.

Meet our 2014 Tom McCall Gala speakers:

Summer Is Coming. Explore With Us.

Land use is your community, your home, your street. It's where your food comes from and how you get where you're going. It's a place of possibility, if you know what to look for. This summer, we'd like to take you out to see land use in action, with our new line-up of field trips!

VIDEO: "Conserving Oregon's Environment": A Talk with Michael McCloskey

From bottles and beaches, to protecting farmland and forests, Oregon's environmental legacy speaks volumes. On April 17 in Salem, Mike McCloskey, a former executive director of the Sierra Club, spoke about his new book on that legacy as part of our McCall Society Speaker Series. 

Photo Essay: One Thing We Know About 2064

It is extraordinarily hard to predict the future. When we look 50 years ahead to what the Portland region will look like, can we realistically expect to recognize any of the things we see today? Well, actually, we believe the answer is yes. Our new photo essay explains why.

Four Questions for a Conservation Champion: Mike McCloskey

Few people know conservation history as well as Mike McCloskey. This is true in part because he just wrote a book on the topic, but more to the point—because he has lived it.

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