1000 Friends of Oregon | Oregon Stories, October 2013

Dear friend,

Wrapping up another busy land use year here at 1000 Friends, we're grateful for all who've stood with us in keeping Oregon thriving by taking care of its most precious assets. Our members, partners, and supporters are crucial to this work, and we thank each of you.

In this month's Oregon Stories, we look back on some of 2013's successes and look forward to some of the big issues we anticipate in 2014. Also this month:

Happy holidays from all of us at 1000 Friends of Oregon!

Toast, Anticipate: Our Annual "Top 5s"

As the year draws to a close, it's a valuable time for taking stock on the victories of one year and the prospects for the next. It's a bit of a December tradition around here. What will you remember from this year?

Join us in our review of 2013's successes, and our preview of top things to watch in 2014.

Toasting 2013

Celebrating Oregon's Great & Growing Farming Industry

Last month we released our new report on Oregon's agri-cluster: Great & Growing. It's already changing the conversation about Oregon's farming economy, the state's leading farming newspaper recently reported.

Read the Capital Press article exploring Oregon's growing agri-cluster.

Oregon agriculture: Great & Growing

MAP: Christmas Tree Industry, a Perennial Holiday Gift

Did you know that Oregon's Christmas tree industry is the nation's largest? The industry's products go all over the world, filling living rooms with cheer and bringing good money into Oregon.

We put the Christmas tree industry's contributions in a new infographic. Learn more here.

Selection from Christmas Tree Chart

WATCH: Land Use Planning on OPB's "Oregon Field Guide"

In 25 seasons, OPB's Oregon Field Guide has taken viewers to every corner of this great state. In a new episode, the show paid a visit to a key foundation that has helped protect Oregon's beauty: land use planning.

Watch this special Oregon Field Guide exploring 40 years of land use and its successes for Oregon.

Oregon Field Guide

Warm Up with Give!Guide 2013

If winter's chill has you shivering, here's a great way to warm up: help protect the Oregon you love through Willamette Week's Give!Guide. So far, over 100 Oregonians have warmed our hearts with more than $7,000 in donations. We are so grateful!

If you haven't yet, please take a moment to warm up by supporting 1000 Friends through Give!Guide. Thanks!

Give!Guide 2013

Land Use Trail

This Month on the Land Use Trail

Throughout 2013, 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.

This month we paid a visit to the following places. Click on any to learn more, or visit friends.org/trail to see the whole Trail.

Columbia River Gorge

Yamhill County Vineyards


Support Our Work

Your financial support is crucial to our work. Help support our efforts to promote smarter transportation policy, stronger rural economies, and protection of the places Oregonians value. Please consider joining, renewing, or making a special year-end contribution to 1000 Friends today. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

1000 Friends Holiday Break
Tuesday, December 24, to Wednesday, January 1

All 1000 Friends offices will be closed for holiday break from December 24 to January 1. We regret any inconvenience and wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

McCall Society Speaker Series: Portland's Failed Freeways
Thursday, January 16, 6-8 PM
Madison's Bar & Grill
1109 SE Madison Street, Portland
Cost: Free and open to the public
RSVP information here.

1000 Friends is pleased to join City Club of Portland hosting an evening discussing two of Portland's would-be freeways: the Mount Hood Freeway and the Western Bypass. Though each proposal was killed, their demise continues to shape the way the city moves, as we'll learn from speakers Sy Adler and George Crandall. Learn more about this free event and RSVP here.

Save the Date! McCall Society Speaker Series: Julie Campoli on Walkable Places
Thursday evening, January 30
Venue TBA, Portland

Julie Campoli is one of the nation's leading experts on what makes places walkable, and why it's important. Her new book, Made for Walking, is making waves around the country. We're pleased to have booked her for an evening lecture next month--stay tuned for more details.

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's some of what you've missed:

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December 16
Know a great undergrad or grad student with an interest in planning? Send them our way next summer for the paid Gerhardt Internship!

December 13
Let's do some Oregon photo trivia! Seeing holiday decorations all over Oregon has us in the spirit. Here is a very special Christmas tree put up in Salem in 1913. Here's the question: According to some, this tree was the very first in the country to have what distinction?

December 10
Thanks to Friends of Family Farmers for including us in tonight's InFARMation education event. See a photo of our ED Jason Miner addressing the crowd.

Follow Us!

December 15
26 seconds of Oregon's beauty: Deschutes timelapse from the @Oregonian. So proud to work for this special place. oregonlive.com/multimedia/ind…

December 12
Most Oregonians don't want more highways. But don't take it from us. Take it from @oregondot's own numbers: ow.ly/rIn53

December 11
RT @CameronWhitten @1000oregon holiday open house. Director Jason Miner holds his beautiful baby Margot, updatng on land use prioritiespic.twitter.com/KPsw7o0bxc

December 9
Interesting changes in how US kids get to school: ow.ly/rB1Hg. Don't forget how important #landuse is to getting kids walking.

December 5
How'd you get to work? NW cities national leaders in declining car commutes (though it's a nationwide trend) ow.ly/rueJI

December 4
At the @ORagriculture Board of Ag meeting today to share findings from our new report on #ORag friends.org/growing #GreatandGrowing

December 3
#LandUseIs: Supporting a stable food manufacturing industry that actually GREW during the recession. ow.ly/rq1cH #ORag #agchat

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Photo credits:
Header: Mt Thielsen from Hwy 230 by ODOT, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Champagne Toast with Portland Skyline by Paul Kline, via Flickr.
Great & Growing by Zach Dischner, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Christmas tree map by Angela Michtom.
Oregon Field Guide video screenshot: Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail header): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.
Credits for Land Use Trail backdrop images at friends.org/trail/credits.