Oregon Stories, April 2014: A Shared State

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the "sharing economy": everything from carshare and bikeshare to room rentals in people's houses. It's a movement with major implications for how we plan, build, and live in communities large and small.

Recently, the rental company Airbnb declared Portland its first "Shared City." This got us thinking: there really is a lot that we share in Oregon, across the state.

It is fundamental to our identity as Oregonians. We know we share this state's future. So we share the obligation to work together to plan and care for its land and communities. 

We are, in short, a "Shared State." 

What does that mean? I put together this photo essay to consider the idea. It's just 24 photos and 180 words or so. I hope you'll read and, well, share. Help us spark a conversation. And tell us: what does sharing this place mean to you?

Thanks for all you do for Oregon,

Jason Miner
Executive Director, 1000 Friends

P.S. I hope you'll join us to celebrate this shared place and land use--the compass that guides its future--at our Tom McCall Gala on June 20! More info below and at friends.org/gala2014.

Photo Essay: What It Means to be a Shared State

We have a unique attitude here in Oregon. We believe we have a duty to work together to care for Oregon, because we share its future. In this gorgeous photo essay, our director Jason Miner explores what that means and why it matters.

Buy Tickets Now: Tom McCall Gala 2014, June 20 in Portland

Please join us for an evening to celebrate Oregon's land use compass: where it has guided us, and where we'll go next. It'll be a night of great food and drink, good friends, and inspiration, at Portland's stunning new Exchange Ballroom. Learn more and buy tickets at friends.org/gala2014.


Op-Ed: Farmers Can Farm, Builders Can Build--Why Oregon Land Use Works

Did you see our recent op-eds in The Oregonian, Portland TribuneHillsboro Tribune, and Newberg Graphic? We are getting the word out: land use still works here in Oregon. But there are many who'd like to take it away. This op-ed explains why we can't let them.

Plum Trees at West Union

4 Questions for Mike McCloskey, Conservation Champion: See Him Next Week in Salem!

We're thrilled to host longtime Sierra Club director and author Mike McCloskey for a conversation about Oregon's conservation history, next Thursday in Salem. We sat down to ask Mike his take on where the conservation movement is today.

Mike McCloskey

Land Use Trail

This Month on the Land Use Trail

Since last June, we've been virtually visiting stops on our new Land Use Trail and sharing some fun tidbits about what makes these places special, whether they are Signature Natural Places, Thriving Working Landscapes, Great Communities, or examples of our Land Use Roots.

Since our last newsletter we paid a visit to two interesting features of Central Oregon:

Sherman County Wheat

Ranch Under Rimrock, Crook County

Support Our Work

Do you believe in a shared state? That's what we're working for. Please consider joining, renewing, or making a special contribution to 1000 Friends today to help us. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

McCall Speaker Series in Salem: Michael McCloskey
Thursday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 PM
Willamette Heritage Center, The Dye House
1313 Mill Street SE, Salem

Cost: Free and open to the public
RSVP: Amanda Caffall, amanda@friends.org or (503) 497-1000 x137

Former Sierra Club executive director Michael McCloskey is among Oregon's foremost veterans of conservation. We're excited to host him for an evening discussing the history and future of conservation in the state. Learn more and RSVP at friends.org/mccloskey.

McCall Speaker Series in Eugene/Portland:
Benjamin Ross on Sprawl

Eugene: Sunday, May 4, 4-6 PM 
Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th Ave.

Portland: Monday, May 5, 7:30-9 PM
Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Cost: Free and open to the public
RSVP: Amanda Caffall, amanda@friends.org or (503) 497-1000 x137

Ben Ross is a transit activist and author of the new book Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism. We're thrilled to host him for two events in Oregon this May. Learn more here.

McCall Speaker Series in Bend:
"Toward One Oregon"

Thursday, May 29, 6-7:30 PM
The Environmental Center
16 NW Kansas Street, Bend

Cost: Free and open to the public
RSVP: Amanda Caffall, amanda@friends.org or (503) 497-1000 x137

Join 1000 Friends and the Environmental Center for a community conversation led by Professors Ethan Seltzer and Michael Hibbard about finding Oregon's shared interests and overcoming its differences. This is an Oregon Humanities "Conversation Project" event. Learn more at friends.org/bendconversation.

Check out our calendar to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming events around the state.

Regional Updates

1000 Friends of Oregon has regional offices around the state. Our regional staff work with local residents and elected officials on issues important to their communities.

To find out what 1000 Friends is working on throughout Oregon, follow our "Latest" blog.

Join the Conversation

Let 1000 Friends and the power of social media help keep you up-to-date on our work and related topics. In case you haven't been following us, here are some recent highlights

Join Us!


February 26
If you're in Eugene tonight, come say hi! We're meeting with friends at Hop Valley Brewing Company until 7 pm.

April 2
Yesterday on OPB's Think Out Loud, host Dave Miller discussed how land use planning can mitigate future natural disasters like the Washington landslide

March 28
We're out with an Indonesian film crew and the State Department today showing off two key features of Oregon: land use and rain!

From bustling downtown to the urban growth boundary, where farmer Dave Vanasche explains to the Indonesian film crew how land use protects farming, the state's second largest industry.

March 21
Trivia time! Here's another historic courthouse on what looks like a spring day. Can you identify the county and the town where this is? Here's some hints: it is a major Oregon wheat producer, and is sometimes known as the Land Between Two Rivers. 

Follow Us!


April 7
Corvallis has been selected as a USDA "climate hub." @Crosscut on what that means & why it matters. ow.ly/vwwN4 via @Sightline

April 2
Living Cully & Tony DeFalco, 2013 Fellow in our #LandUse Leadership Initiative in @NextCityOrg ow.ly/vmwW2 

Care about Oregon's future? The state's #landuse agency has 2 vacancies on its Citizen Involvement Committee. ow.ly/vlT8O

March 31
Here's a link to @SmithsonianMag's top 20 US Small Towns list for 2014, featuring #TheDallesow.ly/veb8F #landuseis

March 26
.@Forbes on why investing downtown is cheaper than more sprawl. ow.ly/v145R See also our 2013 report: friends.org/infrastructure

Important #landuse element to the WA tragedy. RT @KUOW: Latest landslide science not connecting with county planning bit.ly/1l4o6n3

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Oregon Stories is 1000 Friends' monthly e-newsletter, with updates on our work and important happenings across Oregon and the nation.

Photo credits:
Header: Oregon farm by Robert Gaskin, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Crater Lake: Mark Thomas, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
"Welcome to Oregon": Curtis Perry, via Flickr.  Creative Commons.
Cherry blossoms in Helvetia by Carla Axtman.
Mike McCloskey: Amanda McCloskey via The Oregon Encyclopedia
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail header): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.
Credits for Land Use Trail backdrop images at friends.org/trail/credits.