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Carol Zhou
Mon, 07/30/2018 (All day)

Meet our 2018 DukeEngage Intern

Carol at Cannon Beach for a day trip with the DukeEngage 2018 cohort

Long yearning for an opportunity to engage in service for the environment, I joined the DukeEngage program in Portland for a summer internship working at 1000 Friends. DukeEngage is a service-learning summer program initiated by Duke University that sends students across the country and overseas to spend eight weeks working in communities to help address local issues. The Portland project focuses on partnering with nonprofit organizations to tackle with conservation and urban sustainability. Among several outstanding...

Mon, 07/30/2018 (All day)

When you think of summer in Oregon, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s an escape to our glorious public coastline. A float down a river greenway. A hike through the forest. An outdoor concert in a city park. Or maybe it’s a bowl of ripe red Oregon-grown cherries, freshly picked from an orchard just down the road.

As an Oregonian, you’re probably thinking, “Why choose? Doesn’t our fabulous statewide land use planning system give us all those things?”

Okay...maybe that’s not exactly what you’re thinking. (Though it’s true!) Maybe you’re thinking something more like this:

What do cherries have to do with 1000 Friends of Oregon?

I’m so glad you asked! The answer is, “Everything....

Ashlee K. Fox
Tue, 07/24/2018 (All day)
Owl flying above wildfire. Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Wildfires are part of life in Oregon. They are a natural part of the ecosystem, and they are important for wildlife habitat and for building long-term fire resistance among trees. But fires have also changed over the last 100 years or so. Today, wildfires are burning more acres, burning at higher temperatures, and...

Greg Holmes
Thu, 06/28/2018 (All day)
Cherry Creek Apartments in Medford have 50 1 - 3 bedroom homes for low-income community members.
Photo Credit: Housing Authority of Jackson County

Earlier this month Medford became the latest city in Oregon to establish a Construction Excise Tax (CET) to help fund affordable housing projects. The tax became effective when the state approved (acknowledged) the city’s urban growth boundary expansion proposal.

Amid growing concern about how the state’s housing crisis was impacting Medford residents, the Medford City Council convened a “Housing Advisory Committee” to study the...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Wed, 06/27/2018 (All day)

Oregonians are remembering John Fregonese, aka ‘Frego’, as a creative innovator, enthusiastic advocate for community livability, and a caring friend. John passed away Saturday, June 16 of a fast-acting cancer at 66 years old.

John left a planning legacy in Oregon, the likes of which we would be lucky to see again. Known for community-centric planning, John brought to life the Metro Vision 2040 plan for the Portland-Metro region.  A significant part of the Region 2040 plan incorporated the conclusions of the 1000 Friends study, the Land Use, Transportation, Air Quality (LUTRAQ) study. As the Metro Planning Director, John launched a large-scale public education campaign to ensure the maximum amount of community participation.

“Long before there were easy ways to solicit input electronically, and perhaps...

Alexis Biddle
Tue, 05/29/2018 (All day)

On July 7th, 2017 the Oregon Legislature passed SB 1051 with overwhelming bipartisan support.  This legislation requires cities and counties of certain sizes to:

  • Expedite certain categories of affordable housing permits
  • Strengthen requirements for clear and objective review standards for housing developments
  • Streamline local government procedures to make it easier to provide more  housing and especially affordable housing
  • Allow additional accessory dwelling units in single family neighborhoods
  • Allow religious institutions to use their property to develop affordable housing
  • Define “needed housing” as all housing

Within Section 6(5) of SB 1051, cities (with populations over 2,500) and counties (with populations over 15,000) are required to allow at least one accessory dwelling unit (ADU) for each single family dwelling in areas zoned for single-family dwellings...

Greg Holmes
Thu, 05/24/2018 (All day)

OHSU Farmer's Market from Oregon Department of Agriculture.  

Strong local food systems can provide fresh, healthy food to urban communities as well as jobs for agricultural workers. The foundation of a strong local food system is the preservation of agricultural lands for farming and ranching. Preservation of urban-edge agricultural lands also creates green space and helps spark demand for new urban development in the right places.

Alyson Marchi-Young
Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:30pm

For years 1000 Friends of Oregon and Save Helvetia have teamed up to protect the amazing farmland in Washington County’s Helvetia area, just north of Hillsboro. This diverse farming community is home to vineyards, tree farms, fruit orchards, and lavender fields, just to name a few. Helvetia has long been on the edge of urban development given its proximity to more urbanized cities in the Portland-Metro area. However, its high quality farming lands and rich agricultural and cultural history have inspired the community to fight to preserve the landscape. Save Helvetia is an active organizing group whose mission is to advance policies, leaders, and actions that protect...