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Fri, 05/26/2017 - 1:15pm

House Bill 2007 was introduced by Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek, with the goal of bringing more housing to Oregonians. Communities across Oregon are facing challenges in providing housing for all of their residents. HB 2007 takes significant steps towards implementing land use Goal 10, by making abundant, diverse, and more affordable housing available to more people of all ages, abilities, incomes, and backgrounds in every neighborhood.  

HB 2007 does this by:

  • Fast tracking affordable housing building permits
  • Strengthening requirements for clear & objective review standards for housing developments.
  • Streamlining local government procedures to make it easier to provide more housing, and especially affordable housing, in all Oregon communities.
  • Allowing additional...
Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:45pm

Everyone deserves to have a safe, affordable home. Housing people is a metric of a community’s livability and health. Oregonians share this value and have always prided our state on its livability. We now face an outsized challenge in housing. It’s been a long-time brewing, and has now boiled over. Costs are rising because there are not enough homes to go around.

Since our founding, 1000 Friends of Oregon has prioritized housing for all. So did the creators of Oregon’s land use laws, which is why meeting housing needs for families of all sizes and incomes is enshrined as a main tenant of our land use goals.

Tom McCall famously noted that "Quality of life is the sum total of the fairness of our tax structure; the caliber of our homes; the cleanliness of...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 8:00am

Meet the New 1000 Friends Executive Director

1000 Friends of Oregon is pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Russ Hoeflich, to the team. We are very interested in getting to know more about Russ and what makes him tick, so our Marketing and Communications Strategist Alyson Marchi-Young got together with Russ for a quick Q & A. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Russ has a deep passion for conservation, loves to get out in nature, and has some big, bold ideas for Oregon’s future. Here’s what we learned….

Alyson: Thanks for taking some time to chat!

Russ: Of course! This is a great idea, and I can’t wait to hit the road; start meeting friends and supporters and learning from them. For the past two weeks I have been on the phone reconnecting with many of them...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:45am

Long-time senior executive of The Nature Conservancy, Russ Hoeflich, appointed Executive Director of 1000 Friends

Portland, Oregon- April 28, 2017 – The Board of Directors of 1000 Friends of Oregon announced today that they have selected long-time conservation leader, Russ Hoeflich, to serve as the new Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, effective June 1, 2017.

Current Board President, Kurt Koehler stated, “The Board chose a seasoned Oregon conservation leader with an extraordinary record of success in helping nonprofits achieve their full potential. We are proud to have Russ join our team to guide 1000 Friends’ vision for Oregon forward.”

Russ has a long history of protecting Oregon lands. He served as the former State Director of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Vice President and Senior Policy Director for TNC’s national Restoring America...

Meriel Darzen
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:30pm

Good Earth Brewing and Smith Rock Hop Farm make the most of Terrebonne's Farmland

When Natalie Hoshaw and Clare Thompson moved to Central Oregon in 2013, one of the first new friends they made was Miles Wilhelm. Natalie and Clare, both health care professionals, found common ground with Miles, a digital modeler, over a love for good beer and a deep interest in farming. Natalie and Clare had just purchased a 19-acre farm in Terrebonne and were thinking about how to work their land, which came with 15-acres of water rights.  Several beers and robust discussions later and Smith Rock Hop Farm was founded.

Today, all three are farming hops at Smith Rock Hop Farm, where they grow Cascade and Centennial hops. The...

Mia Nelson
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:00pm

AARP and 1000 Friends of Oregon partnered to bring ‘missing middle’ conversations to Oregon communities for the second time within a year. This time, we were honored to participate in conversations in Springfield and Medford, with keynote speaker, architect and urbanist, Daniel Parolek, AIA. Mia Nelson spoke at the Springfield event and shares with us her big takeaways from Parolek’s presentation.

Daniel Parolek...
Greg Holmes
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:30pm

Earlier this month 1000 Friends staffers Greg Holmes and Alyson Marchi-Young joined the new Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and about 70 other Oregonians at the annual Convening of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network. The Network, a coalition of about 50 organizations (non-profits, other coalitions, agencies, universities and businesses), brings its members together each year for two days of conversations around our shared work of strengthening Oregon’s food system and those of communities across the state.

On the first day, the convening opened with a conversation about equity in food systems. Network partners Kris Soebroto (Village Gardens), Emily Sessoms (Huerto de la Familia) and Sarah Sullivan (Gorge Grown Food Network...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:40pm

The Oregon Legislature has reached the halfway mark in the 2017 session.  This is the point when many bills die for lack of support and there is a clearer picture of which legislation still has a chance of becoming law by the time the Legislature ends this session, which will be in late June/early July.

1000 Friends is happy to report that our key priorities are still moving forward, and that some of the biggest challenges to Oregon’s land use program are dead. However, some significant threats remain.  Therefore, your state Repressive and Senator need to hear from you to keep Oregon both “loveable and livable” for all.

1000 Friends Priority Legislation to Pass

1000 Friends priority legislation reflects our commitment to ensuring the land use program supports livable urban and rural communities and protects family farms and forests.