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This past December, 19 emerging land use leaders from communities across Southern Oregon joined the ranks of the more than 100 other Fellows who have graduated from our Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) since 2012.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Greg Holmes leads our first-ever Southern Oregon LULI

As we reported in September, 2018 saw the formation of the first-ever LULI cohort outside of the Portland Metro area. Last summer, an initial cohort of 22 participants was drawn from a pool of 45 applicants, all of them community advocates from Jackson and Josephine counties, and representing an overall level of diversity that exceeded the regional average. We were thrilled...

Wed, 01/16/2019 (All day)

Farewell, Madeline, and Welcome, Sam!1000 Friends of Oregon today announces that Madeline Kovacs, 1000 Friends of Oregon's Portland for Everyone Program Coordinator, will be leaving to take on the job as Sightline Institute's newest Fellow, working on state-level abundant-housing efforts in Oregon and Washington.

Simultaneously, Sam Diaz has returned to 1000 Friends to advance housing, transportation, and livability efforts in the greater Portland area. Most recently, Diaz was Program Manager of the Resources Legacy Fund, a conservation philanthropy serving Western North America. From 2015 to 2017, Diaz served in the Administration of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., developing environmental and natural resources policy, setting grant program priorities,...

Sun, 12/16/2018 - 9:00am

As an Oregonian, I am so grateful for this time of year, when we wrap ourselves in scarves and sweaters, and gather around the hearth with loved ones. With the last leaves fallen, and the first snows laying thick across the Cascades, I am reminded once again of the incredible beauty and bounty of our beloved state, and especially of the connections between Oregon's forests and families like yours and mine.

It's not just that our forests cover nearly half the state (though at 30 million acres, they do), and it's not just that Oregon produces more of the nation's Christmas trees than any other state (though at 5.2 million trees a year, it does). As Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, I experience it every day: stories of the unique and indelible relationship between land and livelihood, people and place, Oregon and Oregonians, that exists here like nowhere else. These stories are the result of the system...

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)

Our affiliate Hood River Valley Residents Committee (HRVRC) won an important case at the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) on October 15, 2018. HRVRC had appealed a local permit decision that was made without a hearing.

Hood River County’s local planning director recently approved a conditional use permit to allow a short-term rental on exclusive farmland. Hood River County is among the most expensive rural counties in the US and the unprecedented growth in Short Term Rentals and second homes has started to impact housing affordability, neighborhood livability and threaten farmland. The City of Hood River and the local communities throughout the county have been struggling with a very tight housing market for locals, as well as ensuring that their incredibly valuable agricultural resources remain viable for...

1000 Friends Staff
Tue, 10/30/2018 (All day)

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 jobs - the largest of any industry category in the County.

Artist rendering of Nyssa Rail Reload Facility Courtesy 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 I was home.

From that moment forward, my life became about supporting, protecting and uplifting this wondrous state and the...

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. With growing populations and challenges around climate change, cities and the counties are taking a new look at their transportation...