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Meriel Darzen
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:30pm

Circuit Rider Attorney Meriel Darzen has been hard at work managing a series of high-profile land use cases with supportive legal services. Here are some...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:00pm

The 2017 legislative session was a long and winding road. Early land use threats died easily, while new ones cropped up at the final hour.

1000 Friends of Oregon achieved success with two of our major legislative goals – providing statewide transit funding in the Transportation Package and conserving working lands and natural resources in the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Bill. We also made significant strides towards ensuring that every town and city provide for the housing needs of all; work we will continue in future legislative sessions. And, we successfully fought back legislation that would have severely damaged Oregon’s land use planning program, its farms and ranches, and its iconic landscapes. 

We could not have achieved this without you, both through your financial support to 1000 Friends and your outreach to Oregon senators and representatives. We cannot emphasize enough how much it means to legislators to hear from their constituents....

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:30pm

The 2017 legislative session was a long and winding road. Early land use threats died easily, while new ones cropped up at the final hour.

In every legislative session, bills are introduced that will remove land use planning from some or all of eastern Oregon, or that will destroy the integrity of urban growth boundaries, and this session was no exception. In this session a few of them progressed through the legislature farther than we have seen in years. Make no mistake about it, our thoughtful planning that has made Oregon such a livable and lovable place for so long, is increasingly in jeopardy. 

1000 Friends of Oregon successfully defeated multiple bills that undermined the land use system, including HB 432 - a major threat listed by the Oregon Conservation Network. We successfully fought back legislation that would have...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:10pm

1000 Friends of Oregon applauds the transportation package passed by the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization on Saturday, July 1.  For the first time in history, Oregon is poised to fund statewide transit at a meaningful level. This means many rural Oregonians will have reliable transit for the first time, thereby gaining access to employment opportunities, community services, shopping, and more. And urban Oregonians will have better service, which could include more bus routes, higher frequency service, and evening and weekend service.

This bill, if passed in full, will be transformational for Oregon. It signals a statewide commitment to breaking transportation barriers, to cutting our...

Hilliary Giglio
Sat, 07/01/2017 (All day)

What would you do if someone tried to pave 133 acres of forest habitat and family vineyards in your rural community for 19 sprawling residential lots? 
Bob Cattoche called 1000 Friends of Oregon.
Bob Cattoche_Eugene_crop5 19 17Bob has lived in rural Lane County with his wife Annabelle for 28 years. They are deeply committed to protecting the 133 acres of diverse forestland adjacent to their small neighborhood. This forestland is home to bears, cougars, elk,...

Andrew Riley
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 9:55am
The entire team at 1000 Friends of Oregon is excited to congratulate our 2016-17 Land Use Leadership Initiative cohort on their graduation from the program last Thursday, June 22nd!
Since 2012, 1000 Friends' Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) has equipped advocates and activists with the tools they need to engage on issues in their communities. Our 17 new graduates have spent...
Madeline Kovacs
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:45am

In the Fall, 1980 edition of the 1000 Friends newsletter, then-State Housing Council Chair Betty Niven stressed the importance of fully implementing land use planning Goal 10, Housing. Niven reminded readers that reforms required by the Goal pertain not only to housing supply, but also to "what people can afford to pay for a house - what might be called 'income-sensitive zoning.’

​Niven’s words could have been written today, as Oregon struggles to address a statewide housing shortage, and as Oregonians from every county and municipality are being evicted and/or priced out of their communities. As Mayor Vinis of Eugene...

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.