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Regan Emmons
Mon, 11/13/2017 (All day)
Rogue Valley Food System Network

The Rogue Valley Food System Network conducted a year-long effort to gather information about challenges and opportunities that the newly-legalized cannabis industry presents to local food production. The effort was initiated in response to many requests from food producers, cannabis growers, and other community members that the network explore the issue.

Dr. Vincent Smith, a Southern Oregon University professor who led the effort, explains, “The Rogue Valley Food System Network fosters connections and collaborations. We...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 10/17/2017 (All day)

Oregon legislators are leading an effort to refine a Clean Energy Jobs bill for the 2018 legislative session, which will cap and price certain greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill will invest the proceeds statewide to ensure the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy and environment are shared by all, and any burdens are mitigated.  Four work groups have been established, consisting of legislators and interested groups including agriculture, environmental organizations, community-based organizations, business associations, tribes, forestry, utilities, communities of color, and others.[1] 

1000 Friends staff is sitting on three of these work groups. We support investments that focus on equity, taking into account that the burdens of climate change fall...

Thu, 09/28/2017 (All day)

On Saturday, September 23rd, 1000 Friends staff and board met with partners for an introduction to our housing work in Portland. Our tour began on SE Madison and 28th Avenue and continued west along SE Madison, one block off of Hawthorne Boulevard, a lively neighborhood commercial corridor.

Tour guide and Portland for Everyone project advisor Eli Spevak began by sharing how Portland’s beloved older neighborhoods actually enjoy a wonderful variety of compact and affordable housing types. In the first half of the 20th-century, streetcar suburbs (now some of Portland’s most coveted inner neighborhoods) were built out more compactly.

Early zoning codes allowed for more small-scale “multi-family” housing types to be built in most neighborhoods. As...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:30pm

The events this month in Charlottesville felt shocking for many; and for many still, this is all too familiar. We mourn the untimely death of Heather Heyer and offer healing thoughts to her family and the survivors of that attack. We are absolutely disgusted by the violent acts of white supremacists, KKK members, and Nazis. There is no place in this country for hate, bigotry, and racism. 

As the country reeled from these acts, President Obama shared Nelson Mandela’s words: “No one is born...

Abbie Mann-Wood and Phil Longnecker
Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:30am

Every summer, 1000 Friends of Oregon welcomes college interns to our office to work on special projects. One intern comes to us through Duke University and their DukeEngage program. The other is our Gerhardt intern, selected national pool of applicants to work with us in the loving memory of former 1000 Friends staffer Paul Gerhardt Jr..

Phil and Abbie grabbing a mini donut from...
Meriel Darzen
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:30pm

Circuit Rider Attorney Meriel Darzen has been hard at work managing a series of high-profile land use cases with supportive legal services. Here are some...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:00pm

The 2017 legislative session was a long and winding road. Early land use threats died easily, while new ones cropped up at the final hour.

1000 Friends of Oregon achieved success with two of our major legislative goals – providing statewide transit funding in the Transportation Package and conserving working lands and natural resources in the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Bill. We also made significant strides towards ensuring that every town and city provide for the housing needs of all; work we will continue in future legislative sessions. And, we successfully fought back legislation that would have severely damaged Oregon’s land use planning program, its farms and ranches, and its iconic landscapes. 

We could not have achieved this without you, both through your financial support to 1000 Friends and your outreach to Oregon senators and representatives. We cannot emphasize enough how much it means to legislators to hear from their constituents....

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:30pm

The 2017 legislative session was a long and winding road. Early land use threats died easily, while new ones cropped up at the final hour.

In every legislative session, bills are introduced that will remove land use planning from some or all of eastern Oregon, or that will destroy the integrity of urban growth boundaries, and this session was no exception. In this session a few of them progressed through the legislature farther than we have seen in years. Make no mistake about it, our thoughtful planning that has made Oregon such a livable and lovable place for so long, is increasingly in jeopardy. 

1000 Friends of Oregon successfully defeated multiple bills that undermined the land use system, including HB 432 - a major threat listed by the Oregon Conservation Network. We successfully fought back legislation that would have...