Oregon Stories

Oregon Stories is 1000 Friends of Oregon's monthly e-newsletter, covering a wide range of issues related to land use, planning, agriculture, and our work around Oregon. Read past issues here, or sign up to receive Oregon Stories in your email inbox each month!

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Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! We hope you stayed warm with massive amounts of snow Oregon saw this month. We are looking forward to a very full 2017 - starting with the legislative session.

Read up on the bills and policies that 1000 Friends is working to pass or to have tossed to the curb.

A mid-session
review of LULI shares details on their latest tour of the Southwest Corridor and the history of the regional planning along Highway 99.

Finally,
take a tour of South Korea courtesy of our volunteer and development assistant Jenni Denekas. Explore Jenni’s land use slideshow and learn more about South Korea’s planning.


Thank you for your passion,
 
The 1000 Friends Team


P.S. Our 2017 McCall Gala is just around the corner. Join us for a very special night where we will be honoring Governor Barbara Roberts as this year’s Tom McCall Legacy Award recipient. This year we are celebrating Oregon’s urban growth boundaries, which make our state different by shaping our cities and towns, enabling our agricultural economy to thrive without risk of urban sprawl, and protecting our beloved landscapes.
 

2017 Legislative Session
What's on our radar?
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The Oregon Legislature convenes on February 1. Already, approximately 1500 proposed bills have been filed, and we expect another 1500 to be field soon after the start of the session. So far, about 10% relate to land use. We highlight the key bills we will be supporting and opposing, and invite you to keep up with us throughout the session to learn how you can help. Sign up for our activist alerts and we’ll let you know when we can use your help with policy shaping.    

LULI Tours the Southwest Corridor

LULI TourFebruary is upon us, and that means our 2016-17 Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) program is at its halfway point!

Since September, our cohort of 20 leaders in different sectors and communities has been taking a long look at the
Southwest Corridor, a proposed extension of Portland’s MAX light rail system from downtown Portland to Bridgeport Village in Tualatin. In partnership with Metro staff, we’ve explored the ins and outs of planning a major public transit project, and how Metro & TriMet have engaged the public around the Southwest Corridor. Thanks to the generous support of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, participants, partners, and staff took a tour of the Corridor to better understand the issues on the ground.

Land Use in South Korea
A pictorial tourSouth Korea_Namsan_JenniDenekasOur volunteer and development assistant Jenni Denekas traveled to South Korea last month. Oregon is not the only place with effective land use policies. Check out Jenni's land use tour of South Korea and learn more about how other regions manage their lands to create livable communities, protect natural and working landscapes, and honor their history.

This Month We....

Thank our generous sponsors for the 2017 McCall Gala. There is still time to be included as a sponsor for this years gala. Learn more at www.friends.org/galasponsors.

Great Community Sponsors:

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 Green and Space-Efficient Builders:

        - Accessory Dwelling Strategies
        - Albina Construction LLC
        - Birdsmouth Construction
        - Communitecture
        - Dweller
        - Harka Architecture
                                    - Orange Splot LLC
                                    - Shelter Solutions LLC

Working Landscape Sponsors:

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Iconic Landscape Sponsors:

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Oregon Community Supporter:

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EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!
 
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2017 Gala 

Join 1000 Friends on March 18, 2017 at the Exchange Ballroom for our annual fundraising dinner. This exquisite evening brings together passionate land use advocates from around the state to celebrate all the things that make Oregon so remarkable.  

Learn More
 

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Internships and Apprenticeships 

Become an on-farm intern or apprentice with Rogue Farm Corps. They are currently accepting applications. 

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Job Opportunity!

Friends of Family Farmers is hiring an organizer! Learn more and get your application in soon!
 

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Photo Credits:

Cover: Mt. Thielsen, ODOT, Creative Commons; Body: Legislative Agenda - Springtime at the Oregon State Capitol, Holly Hayes, Creative Commons; LULI, Andrew Riley; Seoul, South Korea, Jenni Denekas; Side Panel: Gala, 1000 Friends of Oregon; Rogue Valley Farm Corps Logo; Friends of Family Farmers Logo.

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