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January 26, 2012

Off and Running for Oregon in 2012

Dear Oregonian,

One month into 2012, and we're quite busy at 1000 Friends of Oregon. With the legislative session about to get underway, the Land Use Leadership Initiative launching, and our staff working on important regional and local planning and land use processes at all four of our offices, we've hit the ground running this year. Here's some of what we've been working on lately:

Preparing for the 2012 Legislature

Although the 2012 Legislature is intended to be a short session, lasting a maximum of 35 days, our staff has already been hard at work in Salem to promote our priorities of protecting the viability of farmland, fostering livable communities, and defending Oregonians' access to planning in their communities. We expect things to move very rapidly this session. Learn more about our priorities and stay informed all session long at our 2012 Legislature page.

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Oregon State Capitol. Credit: flickr.com/jblank

Fostering Champions for Oregon's Future: Land Use Leadership Initiative Launches

We're happy to announce that last week we officially launched the Land Use Leadership Initiative at our office in Portland. Visit the LULI blog to learn more about the inaugural class of emerging leaders and advisors, and keep up with them as they travel about Oregon throughout 2012.

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Land Use Leadership Tree. Copyright 2009, the Oregonian. Used by permission.

Jackson County Regional Problem Solving: "The Good, the Bad and the Other"

Just before Thanksgiving, Jackson County adopted a plan that could shape the growth of six Bear Creek Valley cities for the next fifty years. Our Southern Oregon Advocate, Greg Holmes, has been actively involved with the process for nearly a decade. As the plan proceeds to LCDC and each of the cities for consideration, we'll keep working to make it better. Read Greg's insightful analysis of the adopted plan, and learn how you can submit comments to improve the vision.

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Houses meet vineyards in Jackson County.

Discussing A New American Dream: Welcome Chris Leinberger to Oregon

1000 Friends is pleased to welcome Christopher Leinberger, a nationally-renowned expert on financing and building livable communities, to Portland and Eugene next month. The Portland event, on February 15, will be the first in our 2012 McCall Society Speaker Series. The Eugene event, on February 16, is cosponsored by Lane Transit District. Learn more about the events, RSVP and watch a great video of Leinberger discussing what he means by "the option of urbanism."
Help Welcome Chris Leinberger to Oregon
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Mapping Your Oregon Stories: Add Yours!

Over the last two months, we've been asking to hear your Oregon Stories: why you came to live or stay here, the places and qualities that inspire you about our state, and why you think they're worth protecting. We've heard from supporters throughout Oregon, and created an interactive Google map featuring some of our favorite responses so far (excerpt at right). Check it out here, and add your Oregon Story! We'll keep updating it as stories come in.

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Excerpt of Oregon Stories Map
Mike McCarthy, a Hood River orchardist and Oregon native, shared his Oregon Story with us in the video below. Click on the image to watch!
My Oregon Story: Mike McCarthy

Support Our Work

Help us get off to a strong start in 2012. Please consider a visit to our online donation page to join, renew your membership, or make a special contribution to 1000 Friends. Thank you for making our work for Oregon possible.

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A special thank you to over 150 supporters from Oregon and beyond who supported our efforts in Willamette Week's 2011 Give!Guide. Through your generous contributions, we raised over $16,000, far exceeding our expectations. Altogether, Give!Guide raised nearly $1.6 million for 100 Oregon nonprofits. Wow!

Upcoming Events

Envision the Rogue Valley Open House

Tonight, Thursday, January 26th, 5:30-8:00pm

Medford Public Library, 205 Central Ave.

1000 Friends affiliate Rogue Advocates is spearheading a project called Envision the Rogue Valley, an opportunity for local residents to consider and imagine what the Rogue Valley should look like in the coming decades. The first open house focuses on the valley's cities and towns; the second, on February 25, will explore the future of the area's rural landscapes.
Click here to learn more.

Siskiyou Film Festival

This Weekend! Friday-Saturday, January 27-28

Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center

Now in its 11th year, the Siskiyou Film Festival features a wide range of films exploring issues of sustainability and critical issues facing Oregon and the planet. A pass for the whole festival is just $10. Join Southern Oregon Advocate Greg Holmes at the premier environmental film festival in Southern Oregon. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

Local Motion: Portland Mayoral Candidates Discuss Active Transportation

Monday, February 6, 7:00-8:00pm

Lincoln Hall Main Auditorium, Portland State Univ., 1620 SW Park Ave.

1000 Friends is pleased to co-sponsor a forum featuring the major 2012 candidates for Portland mayor, discussing the active transportation issues facing the city. Click here to learn more.

Tom McCall Legacy Gala 2012

Friday, March 23rd, 6:00-8:00pm

The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland

Cost: $75

Join us for our annual celebration of the legacy of Tom McCall and the vision for Oregon he championed. We'll feature delicious food and wine and a chance to connect with fellow Friends of Oregon. Learn more and buy tickets here.

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

Regional Updates

Central Oregon News Central

Portland Metro News Metro

Southern Oregon News Central

Willamette Valley News Central

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 in your region of the state, click on the appropriate image to the right.


Share With Us

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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January 22nd

Powerful video about the impacts of a very large landfill on Yamhill County farmers, made by a member of our affiliate Friends of Yamhill County. Another example of how Oregon farmland, and the families it supports, are threatened by non-farming uses: http://ow.ly/8F7iI 

January 13th

1000 Friends is pleased to announce a partnership with Bend artist Jennifer Poncia, who will be creating an original piece that is inspired by the work we do! This collaboration is part of an initiative called City Walls for City Hall, an effort to convey the work of conservation NPOs through art.

January 9th

We're excited to be participating in the Local Food Connection Conference in Eugene on February 6th, 2012--bringing local food producers and buyers together for education and networking. Our Willamette Valley Advocate, Mia Nelson, will be on a panel exploring land use issues related to agritourism. Learn more and register: http://ow.ly/8nfmS

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January 23rd

Water scarcity will be increasing this century. How design of our neighborhoods and homes can help plug the leak: ow.ly/8Dy4v

January 18th

1000 Friends and partners have sent a letter to @oregonmetro, urging the Council to disavow a flawed December survey. ow.ly/8xXO5

January 10th

Interesting article from UC Transportation Center on improving walkability in suburbs: concentrated retail is a must. ow.ly/8oYkk

December 29th

The @Oregonian on the recent report highlighting the many, many values of Oregon #farmland: ow.ly/8cBIC

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Photo credits:
Capitol Building: jblank
Jackson County photos: Greg Holmes
LULI tree: Copyright 2009, The Oregonian. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Your Oregon Story map: Copyright 2012 Google, Imagery Copyright 2012 TerraMetrics.
Option of Urbanism cover: Island Press