Celebrating a Century of Public Beaches in Oregon


One hundred years ago this week, Governor Oswald West and the Oregon Legislature gave the state a wonderful birthday present: setting aside its beaches as public property. We're pleased to celebrate this early land use victory:

Meet our 2013 Land Use Leadership Initiative Cohort

We're pleased to introduce the 20 individuals who have been selected to participate in the second year of our Land Use Leadership Initiative. They come from a diversity of perspectives and professional backgrounds, and together will consider and confront some key issues facing the Oregon and the Portland region.

Daily Journal of Commerce Highlights 1000 Friends Infrastructure Report

Lee Fehrenbacher
Daily Journal of Commerce
Wed, 01/16/2013 (All day)

The Daily Journal of Commerce has looked into our recent report on the infrastructure challenges facing Oregon communities, and what we can do to save taxpayers money in the long run.

Daring Mighty Things: Recapping An Evening With Three Land Use Legends

By Craig Beebe, Photos by Dave Garlock

Unprecedented vision, remarkable successes—but considerable fragility. Such were the characterizations of Oregon’s land use program shared by three “land use legends” on Thursday evening, January 10, at the first event in our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series.

Building a Bridge on Bad Data? 1000 Friends Urges Reconsideration of Salem River Crossing

In Salem, leaders are soon to make a choice about whether to build the Salem River Crossing across the Willamette River, a massive project that could cost more than $800 million. Supporters say the bridge is needed to handle projected traffic and population growth in Polk and Marion counties. But new data show that these assumptions may be incorrect.

New 1000 Friends Report Explores the Full Costs of Sprawl

Entitled More Extensive Is More Expensive, our new report explores Oregon's growing fiscal burden from sprawl-related infrastructure. Using examples from around the nation, we suggest a more transparent approach that could savie Oregon communities millions.

Infographic: Take Another Look At That Candy Cane

Our December Oregon Stories e-newsletter features another infographic that will have you looking at your holiday in a whole new light.

Field to Fork: Saying Thanks to Oregon Farmers

The November issue of our Oregon Stories e-newsletter is dedicated to saying thanks for the people and the land that make Oregon agriculture thrive.

Remembering John Gray

In its October 23, 2012 issue, the Oregonian editorial board saluted the life and legacy of John Gray, a businessman, developer, and philanthropist who recognized that Oregon succeeds through balance and fairness, and who gave so much of his own time, energy, and profits to support that vision.

Keeping the Oregon Spirit: Our September Newsletter Explores Reserves, Food Innovators, and More

The September issue of Oregon Stories features a letter from our director on why we're challenging Metro's reserves plan, a profile of two food innovators bringing a new kind of economic development to Salem, recent commendations for Oregon's land use program, and more.

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