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Alyson Marchi-Young
Tue, 11/20/2018 (All day)
Wendy enjoying the beach in Manzanita - her favorite Oregon site.

While many people may say they were inspired by Vin Scully, the beloved sportscaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, not many can claim he gifted them with the opportunity for a lifelong career. Not many, but Wendy Mitchell can.

Wendy is many things: a mom and grandmother, a therapist, a mentor, and a passionate fundraiser who has dedicated a lifetime to connecting donors with causes that are meaningful to them. This December, 1000 Friends of Oregon proudly welcomes Wendy as our new Director of Development.

In her early career as a child therapist, Wendy worked for an educational center that...

Meriel Darzen and Alyson Marchi-Young
Tue, 10/30/2018 (All day)
Hood River Tractor by Lucas Jans

Our affiliate Hood River Valley Residents Committee (HRVRC) won an important case at the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA)...

1000 Friends Staff
Tue, 10/30/2018 (All day)
Artist rendering of Nyssa Rail Reload Facility Courtesy of Malheur County Economic Development.

At 1000 Friends of Oregon, we know that agriculture is critical to our future and that farmland is protected for good reason: farmers are pillars of our economy. That is especially true in Malheur County, where agriculture, coupled with other natural resource work like forestry, fishing, and hunting supply over 15 percent of...

Hilliary Giglio
Thu, 10/25/2018 (All day)

I remember it like it was yesterday, though it was 9 years ago. I pulled my car off to the side of Highway 101 where there was a small place to park and a trail leading through the trees, for a quick break on a road trip across the Pacific Northwest. I hiked on a small trail that zig zagged down the hill through the trees and what looked like a jungle to me at the time, being from Missouri and Colorado. I literally don’t think I had ever seen so much greenery along a hiking trail. After about 10 minutes of hiking, the trail opened and dumped me onto a beautiful, secluded, rocky beach of the Pacific Ocean. It was in that moment that I knew...

Greg Holmes
Tue, 09/25/2018 (All day)

Since 2012, 1000 Friends' Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) has equipped advocates and activists with the tools they need to knowledgably engage with issues in their communities. Dozens of alumni have graduated from six cohorts in the Metro area around Portland. Thanks to the generosity of multiple partners, this fall we began the first ever non-Metro cohort in the Rogue Valley of Jackson and Josephine counties.

The Rogue Valley, like much of the state, is facing numerous land use challenges. In response to the housing affordability crisis that has plagued communities nation-wide, many southern Oregon cities are revising older housing policies....

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 09/25/2018 (All day)

It’s been in the news, and it’s been on our minds: Metro is considering expanding the urban growth boundary for four cities in the region. Beaverton, Hillsboro, King City, and Wilsonville have submitted proposals to expand their urban growth boundaries for added housing. This week, the Metro Council will give directions to these cities on how to improve their expansion proposals to meet the needs of all residents. Metro will make a final decision in December.

Oregon communities need more housing. However, it’s not just the amount of housing that matters. Oregon communities need more diverse and affordable types of...

Russ Hoeflich
Mon, 09/24/2018 (All day)

As Americans, we begin September with Labor Day, in celebration of all working people in our great nation. Especially in Oregon, the hard-working traditions of ranching, agriculture, and forestry are still very much a part of our identity and our economy. Oregon’s prosperity is dependent on the labor provided, year in and year out, by thousands of immigrant Oregonians who, like generations before, came here in search of a better life for themselves and their families. Responsible land use in Oregon would not be possible without the active and open participation of immigrant families; indeed, the state of Oregon would not exist at all.

This is why,...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Mon, 09/17/2018 (All day)

September 17, 2018

Metro Council President Hughes
Metro Council
600 NE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97232

Re:  2018 Growth Management Decision: Chief Operating Office Recommendation

Dear President Hughes and Council Members:

1000 Friends of Oregon supported the new structure that Metro is using to evaluate whether an expansion of the regional urban growth boundary (UGB) is needed and, if so, into which part of the urban reserves and under what conditions that expansion should take place.  This structure, and our support for it, has been almost a decade in the making, including: helping to develop and get passed legislative authorization for the region to adopt urban and rural reserves; participating in all levels of the decision-making leading to final designation of rural and urban reserves; supporting altering the time frame within which Metro can consider overall UGB expansions; and now participating in decisions about whether to...