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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 a 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
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 plans and better...

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 housing to meet the family size and income needs of all. At 1000 Friends of Oregon, we believe community housing needs can absolutely be met without...

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, as Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, I am pleased and proud to announce that the board and staff of this organization are unanimously endorsing the...

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...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Wed, 08/29/2018 (All day)
Mike McCarthy | Barbara Bond

Imagine returning home to Hood River after years away, ready to start an orchard on your family's land, only to discover that a giant resort was in the works for next door. In 1980, that's exactly what happened to Mike McCarthy. In an instant, he became a land use advocate. Now, thirty-eight years later, he is our incoming Board President, and this is his Oregon Story.

The Hood River Valley, home of the Fruit Loop, is one of the most productive fruit-...

Greg Holmes
Wed, 08/29/2018 (All day)
Cannabis Grow | Canna Law Blog

Newly legalized cannabis growers are settling in across Oregon. This has been seen as a positive step for legalization proponents, and a challenge for some local communities as they experience a shift in what’s grown from food to cannabis.  

In the November 2017 edition of Oregon Stories we reported on a year-long effort led by the Rogue Valley Food System Network (RVFSN) to facilitate conversations around the coexistence of cannabis and food production in...

Russ Hoeflich
Mon, 07/30/2018 (All day)

Under the shade of the oldest tree in Yamhill County, past and present board members of 1000 Friends of Oregon gathered last Saturday for a heartfelt Summer Celebration in honor of 45 years of defending the state’s unique and powerful land use laws.  In 1974, our first Board of Directors convened to support the shared vision of our co-founders, Governor Tom McCall and attorney Henry Richmond, to protect Oregon’s working lands, iconic landscapes, and livable cities by implementing legislation that would cement a bright future for our glorious state.

On July 14th, 2018 Henry and Ruth Richmond graciously hosted eighty-five of our past and present board members and land use leaders in celebration of what 1000 Friends has achieved, and in excitement for what lies ahead.  The...