Welcome Save Helvetia – 1000 Friends’ newest formal Affiliate

Alyson Marchi-Young
Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:30pm

For years 1000 Friends of Oregon and Save Helvetia have teamed up to protect the amazing farmland in Washington County’s Helvetia area, just north of Hillsboro. This diverse farming community is home to vineyards, tree farms, fruit orchards, and lavender fields, just to name a few. Helvetia has long been on the edge of urban development given its proximity to more urbanized cities in the Portland-Metro area. However, its high quality farming lands and rich agricultural and cultural history have inspired the community to fight to preserve the landscape. Save Helvetia is an active organizing group whose mission is to advance policies, leaders, and actions that protect Helvetia’s treasured resources.  

Russ Hoflich signs the formal Affiliate agreement

This month, 1000 Friends is proud to announce that we have formalized an Affiliate partnership with Save Helvetia. Affiliates are local groups who share land use values dedicated to organizing around their region’s land use policies and who share mutual values with 1000 Friends. Our agreement means that both organizations will work through collaboration and mutual support to better fulfill our shared objectives. 

Our most recent collaboration, before our formalized Affiliation, was just this past legislative session. Legislation before the Oregon House would have redesignated 1700 acres of Washington County Exclusive Farm Use lands from rural reserves to urban reserves. With the great organizing of Save Helvetia, and other opponents of the bill, we effectively killed the proposed legislation. Save Helvetia was also a sponsor of 1000 Friends’ last McCall Gala.

We look forward to continuing successful collaborations with Save Helvetia to conserve the region’s bountiful farmland and agricultural heritage. Thank you to Save Helvetia for your passion, dedication, and partnership to advance Oregon’s unique land use program.

 

Photo: Helvetia Farmland, Creative Commons