You can find us around Oregon hosting speakers, facilitating conversations, and collaborating with nonprofits and governments to share the latest about land use with you. Please stay tuned to see when we'll be in your community. You can sign up to receive Oregon Stories (and invitations to local events) at


Our 40th Anniversary McCall Gala: March 21, 2015

As we approach our 40th anniversary year in 2015 we are reflecting back: We wouldn't be celebrating this milestone without the support of many, many people. Thank you for making our work possible. On Saturday, March 21 we will officially celebrate with hundreds of supporters at the Exchange Ballroom in Portland. Save the date and stay tuned for details! 


Friends Holiday Happy Hour

Thanks to those who joined us for our 2014 Friends Holiday Happy Hour on December 11. We enjoyed light appetizers and Oregon wine, introduced our newest staff members, connected with other land use champions in Oregon, and gave a brief update about our work. We were glad to celebrate the season with friends. 


The 2014 McCall Speaker Series

Thanks to all of you who attended the McCall Speaker Series in 2014. We were proud to bring speakers and spark conversations in communities across Oregon. To learn more about a past event, please contact Amanda Caffall at or 503-497-1000 x137.
  • Portland: Thursday, January 16: Sy Adler and George Crandall on failed freeways from Portland's transportation history, and what they have meant to the City's present and future. In Portland. More info here.
  • Portland: Thursday, January 30: Author and consultant Julie Campoli on the qualities of walkable places and how to make more of them a reality. In Portland. More info here.
  • Salem: Thursday, April 17: Former Sierra Club director Michael McCloskey shares lessons from a lifetime of work in the conservation movement and from his new book. In Salem. More info here.
  • Eugene & Portland: Sunday, May 4 and Monday, May 5: Author and transit advocate Benjamin Ross discuss the history of suburban sprawl and a strategy for creating more livable places across the country. In Eugene May 4 and Portland May 5. More info here.
  • Bend: Thursday, May 29: Professors Ethan Seltzer and Michael Hibbard bring their Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, "Toward One Oregon: Bridging Oregon's Urban and Rural Communities" to Bend on May 29. More info here.
  • Medford: Wednesday, November 19: What's a food system network? How can locally grown food reach beyond Farmers Markets and into grocery stores, schools, and more? How can Southern Oregon develop a thriving food system network, and how can land use help? Join us in Medford at the public library to find out. More info here.


The 2014 Healthy Community Speaker Series

What does the latest research say about childhood health and active communities? How do community design, land use, and transportation policies enable people to be more physically active -- and, in turn, healthier throughout their lives? What can health, transportation, and land use professionals do to enable physical activity in the build environment and make the transportation system more "physical activity-friendly" (read pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly). 

You can learn answers to these questions and more with James F. Sallis, Ph.D., Director of Active Living Research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Distinguished Professor of Family & Preventative Medicine at the University of California-San Diego. 

Beaverton: October 7, 5:30-7:30pm, Beaverton Round Auditorium, 12725 SW Millikan Way

Salem: October 8, 6:30-8:30pm, Willamette University/Paulus Room at Law School, 245 Winter Street SE

Eugene: October 9, 5:00-7:00pm, Eugene Public Library, Bascom-Tykeson Room, 100 W 10th Avenue

Bend: October 10, 5:00-7:00pm, Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas

1000 Friends is proud to partner with the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program, Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, Oregon Public Health Institute, City of Eugene, and Building a Better Bend to bring this series to Oregon. Please visit for additional details, as well as information for special technical events with health and planning professionals. 


Loving Oregon Summer Field Trips 2014

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!

Officially we're calling them the "Loving Oregon" Field Trips. We've got six trips planned, from ghost freeways of Portland to thriving farms of Helvetia and French Prairie.

All are welcome to come on these affordable adventures. But space is limited--so sign up soon!

Click on any of the trips below to learn more.

  • Helvetia Community Bike Ride: Saturday, June 28. Join us on a bike ride led by Tara Sulzen to explore Helvetia, one of Washington County’s scenic farming communities, to learn more about its history, its people, and why it's vital that we protect it. FREE!
  • French Prairie Field Trip: Saturday, July 12. Friends of French Prairie's Ben Williams comes along a van tour through the historic French Prairie and Champoeg State Park to discuss the area's rich history and its role in the state's farming economy. $10
  • Headwaters Farm Tour: Thursday, July 17. Visit this unique "incubator" farm near Troutdale, helping a new generation of farmers plant roots in the business. $10.
  • Portland Brownfields Bus Tour: August 2 or 3. 1000 Friends teams up with Know Your City and Groundworks Portland to talk about Brownfields: what they are, where they’re at, and how to turn them from polluted liability to community asset. $20.
  • Equity in East Portland Van Tour: Wednesday evening, August 20. 1000 Friends hosts a van tour through East Portland to look at failed promises, dangerous roads, and how local communities are working to improve health and livability. $10.
  • Ghost Freeways Walking Tour: Thursday, October 16. Join us for a walking tour around downtown Portland to talk about failed freeway projects and how they affect Portlanders getting around today. $10.


The 2014 Tom McCall Gala: Oregon's Land Use Compass

Many thanks to the scores of friends who joined us at the lovely Exchange Ballroom June 20 to celebrate Oregon's land use compass and to share your Oregon Stories. Whether you are a longtime supporter, an Emerging Advocate, or a new friend, we are honored to have had you with us. 

Check out a gallery of the event on our Facebook page, courtesy of Garrett Downen Photography.

And please join us in thanking the generous sponsors who made this program possible. A full list is at


Recap of the 2013 McCall Speaker Series: