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Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 01/30/2018 (All day)

The 2018 Oregon Legislative “short” session will get underway on February 5 and will end no later than March 9.  1000 Friends will be tracking about two dozen bills dealing with farm and forest lands, transportation, and housing.  These include bills we support and bills we strongly oppose.  Here are highlights of the most significant land use bills.

MAJOR THREATS TO OREGON'S LAND USE

These three bills all undermine the integrity of the Oregon land use program. They sacrifice working farms and forests for the financial gain of a few individual landowners, and compromise thoughtful policies that discourage sprawl.

SB 1502 – Open up Eastern Oregon to Development...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Tue, 01/30/2018 (All day)

Since its founding over forty years ago, 1000 Friends of Oregon has worked tirelessly to insure that Oregon has vibrant communities, healthy working lands, and unspoiled iconic places now and for future generations. The success of these activities is in no small part due to the dedication, passion, and leadership of Robert Liberty. Mr. Liberty’s body of work includes two decades with 1000 Friends of Oregon as a staff attorney and then as Executive Director.

When he arrived at 1000 Friends as a staff attorney, he led the creation and management of the organization’s Cooperating Attorneys Program (CAP). The CAP is still going strong and winning land use cases across the state! Just last year 1000 Friends won two LUBA appeals with support from CAP attorneys, and multiple other cases have been...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:00pm

In the late 1980’s Oregon’s wine industry was still in its infancy. In Southern Oregon there were only a handful of wineries when Don and Traute Moore started planting their vineyards. “When we came to this work, we knew nothing about planting grapes” mused Don. But through trial and error, testing, learning, adaptation, and a dedicated crew by their sides, the Moore’s persisted and have become a regional powerhouse for wine.

Now, with 28 regular grape varietals, Quail Run Vineyards puts the world of wines at our fingertips. “We brought grapes from all over the world,” says Traute. “In the early years, we’d move the grapes around to find the best place for them. It’s been a 28 year learning process.” Growing global wine varietals in a small...

Madeline Kovacs
Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:00pm

 

Portland for Everyone’s local fight for zoning reforms and affordable housing is partly the result of a statewide failure to successfully implement Goal 10.

It has been quite a year for housing in Portland. As the City moves on multiple projects to implement its Comprehensive Plan Update, proposed zoning reforms are poised to make Portland a West Coast leader on housing solutions. Yet at the same time, for a city that declared a “housing state of emergency” two years ago, those reforms are agonizingly slow in arriving. This is the...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:30pm

Oregon’s towns and cities have not been building housing at nearly the pace the population has been growing and changing, and therefore we now have both a housing supply and a choice of housing types that is significantly out of step with need.  This is a major contributor to our statewide housing shortage and unaffordability.  Now the Oregon State Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) has put numbers to this - Why Housing Supply Matters, by Josh Lehner, Oregon State Economist, December 14, 2017. 

Previously, the State OEA estimated that Oregon needs over 100,000 more housing units for middle-income households, and 110, 000 more for lower income households. About 2/3...

Greg Holmes
Thu, 12/21/2017 - 2:00pm

We’ve been hearing the statistics for years—about how Oregon agriculture is responsible for over $5.7 billion in sales, how it is connected to over $50 billion a year in economic activity, and how 1 in 8 jobs in Oregon is dependent in some way on agriculture. We also know that over 90 percent of Oregon’s farms are family owned, that the vast majority are small, and that many of them depend on local markets for part or all of their sales. But what impact do local farms have on local and regional economies? A new study suggests that the impact is huge for communities across the state.

At the 2015 gathering of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network,...

Regan Emmons
Mon, 11/13/2017 (All day)
Rogue Valley Food System Network

The Rogue Valley Food System Network conducted a year-long effort to gather information about challenges and opportunities that the newly-legalized cannabis industry presents to local food production. The effort was initiated in response to many requests from food producers, cannabis growers, and other community members that the network explore the issue.

Dr. Vincent Smith, a Southern Oregon University professor who led the effort, explains, “The Rogue Valley Food System Network fosters connections and collaborations. We...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 10/17/2017 (All day)

Oregon legislators are leading an effort to refine a Clean Energy Jobs bill for the 2018 legislative session, which will cap and price certain greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill will invest the proceeds statewide to ensure the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy and environment are shared by all, and any burdens are mitigated.  Four work groups have been established, consisting of legislators and interested groups including agriculture, environmental organizations, community-based organizations, business associations, tribes, forestry, utilities, communities of color, and others.[1] 

1000 Friends staff is sitting on three of these work groups. We support investments that focus on equity, taking into account that the burdens of climate change fall...