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Nellie McAdams
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00pm

On Thursday, June 21 several of Oregon’s top agriculture and environmental organizations were joined by 38 Oregonians and advocates to lobby Oregon legislators to pass HB 3249, the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Fund (OAHP) which would would help Oregon farmers and ranchers plan for succession and maintain agricultural land for future generations. It includes funding for permanent working lands easements, temporary covenants, and conservation management plans, as well as succession trainings and a tax study.

Chief sponsors of the bill, Representatives Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie), Knute Buehler (R-Bend) and Brian Clem (D-Salem) each spoke in support of the legislation noting the major potential economic and environmental impacts the loss of Oregon’s agricultural land would have on the state’s economy.

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Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 9:30am

Stop the erosion of Oregon’s land use laws TODAY!

Two Senate bills that deteriorate our land use system received a hearing this week. Both passed through the Senate Committee on Rules without any recommendation. As of this update (6/28/17) we are waiting to see where these bills go next. 

SB 432 will allow counties to remove land use laws from large portions of eastern Oregon and SB 644 would allow strip-mining on farmland in the same region. The natural beauty and valuable working lands of a large portion of our state are under immediate threat! These bills individually are bad...

Thu, 06/08/2017 (All day)

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 dwelling units (ADUs) and duplexes in single-family neighborhoods.
  • Allowing religious institutions to use their property to develop...
Meriel Darzen
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:30am

1000 Friends has filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief asking the Oregon Supreme Court to review a recent Court of Appeals decision that will impact farmland across the state. 

State law bars a non-farm use like a landfill from expanding onto farmland if the expansion will have "significant" impacts on area farms.  In approving an expansion of a local landfill on farmland, 

Yamhill County found that the landfill could mitigate any impacts by compensating farmers for any harm to their farms.  For example, when a farmer demonstrated that his hay would be contaminated with litter from the landfill, instead of denying or limiting the landfill operation, the County allowed the landfill to pay for litter patrols on the field. The...
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...