Victory in Woodburn, Upcoming Events, and More

Dear friend,

When we have important land use victories--as we did concerning the Woodburn urban growth boundary on January 2--we celebrate both Oregon's land and its people.

Our victory protects several hundred acres of high-quality farmland from speculative development, but it also honors countless hours of energy given by local farmers and concerned residents. They attended meetings, wrote letters, and spoke up--and we couldn't have succeeded without them.

Winning is a great way to start 2014. Even better: We know that with your help, Oregon has many more victories to come.

In this month's Oregon Stories:

Here's to a productive and successful year for Oregon. Thank you for standing with us.
-The team at 1000 Friends of Oregon

P.S. We really mean it when we say our members make this work possible. If you'd like to join in and help us do more for Oregon in 2014, please make a gift online today.

Woodburn Win Protects Farmland

On January 2, the Oregon Court of Appeals agreed with 1000 Friends and local farmers and reversed a large, unjustified UGB expansion proposal by the City of Woodburn. The decision keeps several hundred acres of top-quality farmland safe from being opened for development without adequate justification.

Learn about this big win for Oregon farmland.

Our New Columbia River Crossing Report: Real Facts, Real Risks

January is a pivotal moment in Oregon's transportation future. Will we proceed with a risky, one-state Columbia River Crossing bridge and freeway expansion? As legislative leaders hold hearings, we've got a new report explaining all the reasons to say "no." 

Read CRC Facts and see how you can help.
Columbia River Crossing: The Facts

Event: Portland's Ghost Freeways

Portland's Division Street is bustling today. But the ghost of the doomed Mount Hood Freeway still lingers nearby--a freeway that could have destroyed this neighborhood (right). On January 16, 1000 Friends and the City Club of Portland co-host a free event exploring this and another "ghost freeway", the Western Bypass. It's the first event in our 2014 McCall Society Speaker Series.

Learn more here about this free event.

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Event: Made for Walking with Julie Campoli

We are thrilled to bring renowned walkability expert Julie Campoli to Portland this month! For the second event in our 2014 McCall Society Speaker Series, Ms. Campoli will discuss lessons from her new book, Made For Walking.

Learn more and RSVP for this free event.

Made for Walking Cover

Internship Opportunity Now Open!

The Paul Gerhardt Internship has been a summer tradition at 1000 Friends for almost three decades. Interns spend a summer working with 1000 Friends staff on important research projects that inform our work and the statewide conversation about land use. (That's our 2013 intern, Arturo, at right.)

Applications for this paid internship are now open for 2014. Apply by February 20--details here!

Arturo Romo, 2013 Gerhardt Intern

2014 Legislature: Watching Closely for Land Use

The 2014 legislative session opens in just a few weeks. It's a short session, meaning things will move very quickly. Land use is a frequent topic, and we fully expect to be busy through the session.

To stay up to date, visit our 2014 Legislature page at

Land Use Trail

This Month on the Land Use Trail

Last June, we introduced our Land Use Trail. Ever since, we've been virtually visiting stops 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 to see the whole Trail.

Oswald West State Park | Tillamook County

Hood River Valley, Hood River County

Owyhee River | Malheur County

Support Our Work

Our members make this work possible. Please consider joining, renewing, or making a special contribution to 1000 Friends today. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

McCall Society Speaker Series: Portland's Freeway Ghosts
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.

McCall Society Speaker Series: Julie Campoli, Made for Walking
Thursday, January 30, 5:30-7:30 PM
The Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave., Portland
Cost: Free and open to the public! RSVP info here.

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 excited to welcome her to Oregon later this month. Learn more here!

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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January 10
Here's a unique image for today's historic photo trivia! Do you know what Oregon coast town is in this 1936 postcard?

January 3
"1000 Friends stood with local farmers in this case because once our best farmland is gone, it’s never coming back."

December 23
"It’s hard to imagine a better place to be starting as a small grower than Oregon." Protecting farmland from sprawl is part of the reason why. Great story. Read about a pair of first-year farmers in the Hood River Valley.

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January 14
"Good planning/alternative transportation are a big draw for high-tech employees, says Sam Blackman, @elementaltech"

January 13
"Guess which part of OR has majority that feels productive farm/forestland need to be protected. Answer: all parts."

January 8
You spend $3 billion on a new 12-lane bridge & 22 years from now fewer people are using it." #ColumbiaRiverCrossing

January 7
Infrastructure maintenance still holding Oregon cities back: Echoes our 2013 report:

January 2
Great op-ed by former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse on Oregon #landuse as our population grows & changes:

December 23
Thx for sharing! RT @OreFarmBureau: Nice overview how #Oregon ag contributes to economy based on @1000oregon report:

December 20
Will the Oregon legislature try again to override local land use processes with a super-siting bill? via @Oregonian

December 18
Some cool facts about Oregon's Christmas tree industry: #GreatandGrowing #ORag

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Oregon Stories is 1000 Friends' monthly e-newsletter,
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Photo credits:
Header: Snowshoe and Bonfire by Mount Hood Territory, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Marion County farmland near Gervais by Ian Sane, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Sunset over the Columbia by Jonathan Soriano, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Mt Hood Highway via
State Capitol by Holly Hayes, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail header): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.
Credits for Land Use Trail backdrop images at