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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.


Alison Macintosh & Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:50am

Housing Bill Moves Forward in the Legislature

Last week, on April 6, the House Human Services & Housing Committee unanimously passed out a bill,  HB 3373, to fund two joint positions at Housing and Community Services and the Department of Land Conservation and Development. This funding will support housing planning at the local and state level. The bill now goes to the Ways & Means Committee. Funding is tight this session, so nothing is guaranteed, but we hope this will pass. Below is a joint statement of support put out together by 1000 Friends of Oregon, The Housing Alliance, Oregon Home Builders Association, and League of  Oregon Cities:

Communities thrive when their residents have safe, stable homes that...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:00pm

March is Women’s History Month. Women have made powerful impacts throughout history, and often their stories go untold. This is why we are taking the time to highlight a few Oregonian women who have made indelible marks on the state’s land use history and future. Today, we profile a few of those outstanding individuals in celebration of Women’s History Month. And, because we shouldn’t just leave women’s history (or any other group’s history) to one month out of the year, we will periodically provide a profile of someone in Oregon’s land use history whose story may not have been widely shared.

Senate Bill 100, Oregon’s landmark legislation establishing our land use planning system, was passed in 1973. Since that time, it has been a model nationally and...

Hilliary Giglio
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:10pm

The 2017 McCall Gala was a huge success. We are so grateful for the amazing community of 300 supporters who come together to celebrate the urban growth boundary and giving Oregonians the best of both worlds! We hope everyone had a fantastic time.

The evening was a-buzz of excitement. Governor Kate Brown graced the event for the early part of the evening, proud to speak about the value of Oregon’s conservation efforts, and to recognize her friend, predecessor, and mentor, the Honorable Barbara Roberts. Governor Brown welcomed our guests and shared some special words in recognition of the Honorable...