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Press Release with CRAG, Willamette Riverkeeper, 1KF
Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:15pm

March 14, 2018 (St. Helens, OR)—Columbia Riverkeeper filed an appeal today challenging Columbia County’s second attempt to open 837 acres of high-value agricultural land along the Columbia River to industrial development. 1000 Friends of Oregon, Oregon’s statewide land use watchdog, is joining Riverkeeper’s appeal. The Port of St. Helens proposes doubling the size of its rural Port Westward property for fracked gas-to-methanol refineries, oil-by-rail, and other industrial development. Hundreds of people, including local farmers and small business owners, urged the county to protect farmland and salmon habitat from fossil fuel and other heavy industrial development.


The 2018 Oregon legislative short session is coming to a close, sometime in the next two weeks, so we want to give you an update now. We will provide a full legislative summary when the session is complete. As a reminder, we shared a preview of this session just last month.

Thanks to the work of so many of you, it looks like we will be able to pass legislation to improve the land use program and stave off some serious threats to it. Here is a status update of some key bills.

HB 4075
Thanks to the outpouring of opposition from local farmers, residents, organizations including Save Helvetia, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Metro, and many others, we were able to stop this bill to...

Bertony Faustin
Tue, 02/27/2018 (All day)
2017 Landmark: Connecting Oregonians

Growing up in New York, AKA “the concrete jungle,” I never had the real appreciation of outdoor space, but always felt an indescribable happiness when around it. A child of immigrants, I was brought up to work hard and make it work – “The immigrant hustle.” I found myself in jobs that paid the bills, but never filled my soul.

Meanwhile, my future in-laws were in Oregon and had purchased two large, adjoining plots of land. I’m not sure they ever truly had a solid idea about what to do with the land, besides an investment property. Back then, zoning was multipurpose use, so they could have done a few things. When they planted the 5-7 acres of grapes in 1981, it was with the guidance of a consultant that referred to the southern exposure. Planting grapes as a...

Mon, 02/26/2018 (All day)

Urban Circuit Rider

At the beginning of the new year, 1000 Friends brought on Alexis Biddle to be our new Urban Circuit Rider. Alexis has a strong passion for social justice, affordable housing, transportation, and sustainable urban design more generally. The Urban Circuit Rider will complement the work done by our Rural Circuit Rider, Meriel Darzen. The two circuit riders work out of our Bend office and, with the amount of travel these positions require, enjoy its central location; though, being avid outdoor adventurers, that is probably not all Meriel and Alexis are enjoying about Bend.

Alexis grew up on the edge of the metropolitan region of Cleveland, Ohio and...

1KF Staff and partners
Tue, 02/20/2018 (All day)

Today some members of the Oregon Legislature will consider a sneaky amendment to a transportation package fix bill. This amendment does not belong, and it weakens protections for our environment and community!


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.


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...