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We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, April 17: The lily fields of Curry County, where much of the nation's supply of a unique but valuable crop is grown.

About: This small stretch of coastline--including parts of Del Norte County, California--is responsible for providing nearly all Easter lilies to Canada and the entire...

With two key positions on the Yamhill County Commission open and land use a perennially important topic locally, Friends of Yamhill County, an independent affiliate of 1000 Friends of Oregon, plans to host a candidate forum on April 30 in McMinnville.

From FYC's blog:

The Yamhill County Commissioners have a HUGE on-the-ground impact on land use in our county.  Whether its gravel mining on Grand Island, expansion of the regional garbage dump on our riverbank, or carving up prime farmland for suburban ranchettes, these 3 elected officials wield tremendous power....

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, March 3: Ranch Under the Rimrock, Governor Tom McCall’s childhood home in the desert of Crook County.

About: Settled by Hal and Dorothy McCall in 1911, Tom McCall’s childhood home (known as Westernworld) is located in central Oregon. The natural beauty surrounding the...

"Farmers can farm, and builders can build," writes 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner. "Each plays a vital role in Oregon's future." Read his op-ed published recently by the Portland Tribune, Hillsboro Tribune, and Newberg Graphic.

Go to the intersection of Helvetia Road and West Union Road, north of U.S. Highway 26 in Washington County. Look around you.

Everything you see, and thousands of acres more all around our region, is now protected for a lifetime. Those fields and farms will stay...

What do you share? After Airbnb's recent declaration of Portland as a "Shared City", we got to thinking: what does "sharing" mean when it comes to a place? Ultimately, Oregon promises something much bigger. We are a "Shared State." 

Our Executive Director Jason Miner explores why in this photo essay.

The Shared State

 

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The recent landslide tragedy on Washington's Stillaguamish River, in which several dozen people perished, has many people concerned about landslide risks here in Oregon. Fortunately, land use planning can help avoid putting more homes in harm's way.

OPB's Think Out Loud program discussed the landslide tragedy on its April 1 program. One of the guests on the program was Clackamas County's Jay Wilson, who discussed efforts in that county...

Few people know conservation history as well as Mike McCloskey. This is true in part because he just wrote a book on the topic, but more to the point—because he has lived it.

On April 17 in Salem, 1000 Friends welcomes Mike McCloskey for a free conversation about Oregon conservation history: what sets us apart and why. Learn more here....

1000 Friends is pleased to open a new position on our team. The Community Engagement Coordinator will work at the intersection of community interests and climate change in the Portland region and beyond.

 

The position was posted March 26 and closes Friday, April 18, 2014. For more information, visit friends.org/engagement-coordinator.