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 friends.org/take_action.
The 2015 McCall Speaker Series
For our 40th Anniversary we follow our tradition of hosting timely and important discussions in communities around Oregon with our McCall Speaker Series, named in honor of our co-founder, the late Governor of Oregon, Tom McCall. To better engage communities in the work of planning for our shared future, these events are free and open to the public. We do kindly request RSVPs. Please join us!
May 2015: Astoria
Natural Hazards Preparedness McCall Talk with author Bonnie Henderson
Thanks to all those who joined us on May 6 from 5-6:30pm in the Flag Room at the Astoria Public Library (450 10th Street, Astoria, OR 97103). Bonnie Henderson, author of "The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast," presented about her book, research, and on coastal communities. Steve McCoy, Farm and Forest Staff Attorney, spoke about efforts to ensure coastal communities plan for erosion, landslides, and flooding. 1000 Friends is supporting a Natural Hazards bill in the Oregon State Legislature right now which would implement the as-yet-un-implemented Land Use Goal 7, Natural Hazards. You can learn more about our Natural Hazards bill by clicking here. Thank you again to all those who joined us!
June 2015: Bend
Housing: Access, Community Affordability, and Local Authority
Housing impacts everyone. You're invited to a conversation about housing in Central Oregon. Cities all over Oregon face housing challenges. Of Oregon's 19 land use planning goals, number 10 relates to housing. It calls for "adequate numbers of needed housing units at prices ranges and rent levels commensurate with the financial capabilities of Oregon households." What is your experience of housing in Central Oregon? Please join our team and staff from Housing Works, the City of Bend, and more for a conversation. This will be an interactive group discussion designed to foster collaborative dialogue and consider constructive possibilities for action. Please join us to share your perspectives.
June 27, 2015 from 10am - 12pm at 16 NW Kansas Avenue in Bend. RSVP here.
September 2015: Grants Pass
Raptor Creek Farm & the Rogue Valley Food System Network
Join us on SEPTEMBER 26 from 2-4 pm. Raptor Creek Farm Tour (3658 Upper River Rd, Grants Pass) begins at 2pm. Then move to The Haul (121 SW H St.) for conversation beginning at 3pm
Learn more about Raptor Creek Farm with a special guided tour from Josephine County Food Bank Director, Sam Engel. Sam will showcase the uniquely effective program that promotes food security and the local agricultural economy. Following the tour, reconvene at The Haul, grab a drink and a snack, and speak with our Food System Program Director, Greg Holmes. Greg will discuss how these programs fit into the larger food system work being done in Southern Oregon, which is itself a model for similar work happening around the state.
The innovative Rouge Valley Food System Network connects the many threads of Oregon’s food system, from growing crops through waste management. 1000 Friends of Oregon is proud to be a part of this network, enabling farms and farmers to benefit even more from the land we work so hard to protect. Stay after the conversation to meet and mingle with members of 1000 Friends Board of Directors. RSVP today!
October 2015: Corvallis
"Your Land, My Land: Using and Preserving Oregon's Natural Resources"
Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 4-6pm at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library (645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis). RSVP here. This is an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, moderated by Assistant Dean of Curriculum Development and Enrollment Management at Portland State University, Professor Veronica Dujon. Dujon has published widely and is coeditor of the book "Understanding the Social Dimension of Sustainability". She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of the West Indies, Barbados, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in land resources/sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
This interactive, group conversation will explore Oregonians' fierce sense of independence, long history of our natural resource-based economy, and progressive environmental policies. How do Oregonians attach meaning to place? How do these attachments shape our desire to use and preserve our natural resources?
Dollars and $ense of Downtown Development: July 21, 2015
Joe Minicozzi is a national expert on the fiscal impact of different kinds of development, particularly in downtowns and mixed-use centers. Minicozzi's work includes property value analysis, retail tax studies, revenue forecasting in cities, suburbs, and small towns, and more. His experience spans both public and private development; he has a broad and bottom-line perspective. Minicozzi shared his work at a small, hosted luncheon in our Portland office. Thanks to the members, supporters, and elected officials who joined us. You can learn more about Minicozzi's work at http://www.urban-three.com/. You can learn more about our work to help communities understand the financial impact of different kinds of development at http://www.friends.org/infrastructure.
An Evening in Eugene: Behind-the-Scenes with 1000 Friends: August 11, 2015
Members and supporters gathered at the Glenwood Restaurant on Willamette for a briefing about growth and development. Mia Nelson, our Willamette Valley Advocate, and emerging land use advocates from our summer internship program shared behind-the-scenes updates about decisions the Eugene City Council, neighborhoods, and developers are in the process of making. From the urban growth boundary, to property taxes, to affordable communities with adequate housing, a group of nearly four dozen supporters came together for a conversation about Eugene's future.