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1000 Friends of Oregon and Jason Miner
Wed, 11/09/2016 - 12:10pm

Today we are proud to announce the transition of 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Executive Director Jason Miner to serve as Oregon’s next Natural Resources Policy Director in Governor Kate Brown’s cabinet.

"Jason has a strong background in conservation, land use law, and coalition building," Governor Brown said. "I welcome Jason to my policy team and look forward to engaging ...

Andrew Riley
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:03am

1000 Friends of Oregon mourns the loss of Justin Buri, who passed away on November 1st, 2016. Justin was well-known in our community as a champion of housing justice: he served as a board member of Housing Land Advocates, a core member of the statewide Inclusionary Zoning Coalition, and as former Executive Director of the Community Alliance of...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:12pm

The US Justice Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released updated guidance on how to apply the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) to state and local land use and zoning laws.  The FHA prohibits discrimination in housing based on...

Greg Holmes
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:00pm

Earlier this month the Oregon Community Food System Network (OCFSN) brought farmers, distributors, and institutional buyers from around Oregon and the Pacific Northwest together in Medford to share ideas on how to help Oregon’s farmers get more Oregon-grown food onto the plates of Oregonians.

Agriculture and Oregon’s Land Use Program

There is no question that our land use program has been successful in protecting farmland from non-compatible uses so that it remains available for farming. This land base is critical for supporting the...

Andrew Riley
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 10:00am

On Saturday, October 8th, 1000 Friends of Oregon's Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) began a 9-month training program with a tour of the Southwest Corridor area in the Portland metro region. Located between southwest Portland and Sherwood...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 1:30pm

Yes in my Backyard is what we need to make Oregon housing accessible for every resident. 

Portland and other cities in Oregon and across the country are facing significant affordable housing affordability challenges.  While the causes of this are many, how we plan our communities plays a significant role in meeting the housing needs of all. The White House recently published its...

Farmers Advisory Committee
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 2:15pm

1000 Friends' Farmers Advisory Committee weighs in

Below is the text of our letter to the Land Conservation and Development Commission

Dear Honorable Commissioners:

The Farmers Advisory Committee (FAC) was formed to assist 1000 Friends of Oregon in protecting, implementing and improving Oregon’s program for maintaining the agricultural land base needed for farming and ranching. The FAC is composed of commercial farmers and ranchers, and farm organization leaders. The FAC members come from all of Oregon’s agricultural regions and produce a wide variety of farm products.

In recent years, certain parts of...

Mary Kyle McCurdy and Meriel Darzen
Tue, 09/27/2016 - 1:30pm

Partners, Affiliates, and Cooperating Attorneys all see successes

We are thrilled to highlight some significant Land Use Wins from our partners and Affiliates.

First on the docket, Friends of Yamhill County v. Yamhill County (Hintermeyer) – a 1000 Friends Cooperating Attorney Program (CAP) case.

Friends of Yamhill County (FYC),...