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Alyson Marchi-Young
Thu, 03/29/2018 (All day)
Rajneeshee cameramen at Rajneeshpuram, following staff visiting their then City Hall.

Who would have guessed that Netflix series prompts 1000 Friends to dive into the archives? Two weeks ago, we wouldn’t have. With the series Wild Wild Country on Netflix, a fresh new look at a fascinating piece of Oregon history is now captivating a new generation. With twists and turns, Wild Wild Country explores the rise and fall of the Rajneeshee movement to Oregon. In the early 80s, followers of an Indian spiritual leader,...

Greg Holmes
Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:00pm

Through good times and economic downturns, agriculture is consistently one of the strongest sectors in Oregon’s economy. That success depends entirely on our protecting Oregon’s family farmers and the land that they need to do their work.

1000 Friends of Oregon has a long history of working within Oregon’s pioneering land use program to protect that land from incompatible uses so that farmers have it available. But long-term success is not just about having the right types land in the right places, which is why we have also worked for decades to help farmers succeed economically so that they face fewer pressures to convert their lands to other uses. But this work is bigger than any single...

Hilliary Giglio
Wed, 03/28/2018 (All day)

 

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Press Release with CRAG, Willamette Riverkeeper, 1KF
Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:15pm

March 14, 2018 (St. Helens, OR)—Columbia Riverkeeper filed an appeal today challenging Columbia County’s second attempt to open 837 acres of high-value agricultural land along the Columbia River to industrial development. 1000 Friends of Oregon, Oregon’s statewide land use watchdog, is joining Riverkeeper’s appeal. The Port of St. Helens proposes doubling the size of its rural Port Westward property for fracked gas-to-methanol refineries, oil-by-rail, and other industrial development. Hundreds of people, including local farmers and small business owners, urged the county to protect farmland and salmon habitat from fossil fuel and other heavy industrial development.

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The 2018 Oregon legislative short session is coming to a close, sometime in the next two weeks, so we want to give you an update now. We will provide a full legislative summary when the session is complete. As a reminder, we shared a preview of this session just last month.

Thanks to the work of so many of you, it looks like we will be able to pass legislation to improve the land use program and stave off some serious threats to it. Here is a status update of some key bills.

HB 4075
Thanks to the outpouring of opposition from local farmers, residents, organizations including Save Helvetia, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Metro, and many others, we were able to stop this bill to...

Bertony Faustin
Tue, 02/27/2018 (All day)
2017 Landmark: Connecting Oregonians

Growing up in New York, AKA “the concrete jungle,” I never had the real appreciation of outdoor space, but always felt an indescribable happiness when around it. A child of immigrants, I was brought up to work hard and make it work – “The immigrant hustle.” I found myself in jobs that paid the bills, but never filled my soul.

Meanwhile, my future in-laws were in Oregon and had purchased two large, adjoining plots of land. I’m not sure they ever truly had a solid idea about what to do with the land, besides an investment property. Back then, zoning was multipurpose use, so they could have done a few things. When they planted the 5-7 acres of grapes in 1981, it was with the guidance of a consultant that referred to the southern exposure. Planting grapes as a...

Mon, 02/26/2018 (All day)

Urban Circuit Rider

At the beginning of the new year, 1000 Friends brought on Alexis Biddle to be our new Urban Circuit Rider. Alexis has a strong passion for social justice, affordable housing, transportation, and sustainable urban design more generally. The Urban Circuit Rider will complement the work done by our Rural Circuit Rider, Meriel Darzen. The two circuit riders work out of our Bend office and, with the amount of travel these positions require, enjoy its central location; though, being avid outdoor adventurers, that is probably not all Meriel and Alexis are enjoying about Bend.

Alexis grew up on the edge of the metropolitan region of Cleveland, Ohio and...

1KF Staff and partners
Tue, 02/20/2018 (All day)

Today some members of the Oregon Legislature will consider a sneaky amendment to a transportation package fix bill. This amendment does not belong, and it weakens protections for our environment and community!
 

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