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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 Committee is composed of commercial farmers and ranchers, and farm organization leaders. The Committee members come from all of Oregon’s six agricultural districts and produce a wide variety of farm products.


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),...

Welcome Home Coalition
Tue, 09/27/2016 - 2:10pm

Providing for the most vulnerable among us

Portland is experiencing an unprecedented housing crisis. For every five families that qualify for affordable housing assistance, there are only two units available—and that’s a generous estimate. Even with improvements to land use regulations—and no...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:35am

It was announced that a planned community in Hillsboro will finally be breaking ground, with an expected 8,000 new units of housing for upwards of 20,000 residents. We...

Jason Miner
Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:00pm

Oregon Wineries and Commercial Activity

Over three legislative sessions and in innumerable conversations in Salem from 2011 to 2013, 1000 Friends championed protecting farmland for farming alongside vintners and winemakers. Wine industry leaders worked to define what are and are not acceptable practices on wine lands. People often say the devil is in the details, and some of the most detailed work on this...

Andrew Riley
Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:10pm

Still Experiencing Stark Disparities

Metro's latest Regional Snapshot makes it clear: the Portland region is growing more diverse every year. Communities of color now make up over a quarter of the metro area's population, but still experience stark disparities.

Although about half...