Salem Stories, Summer Travels, and the Supreme Court

Things have come to a close for the 2013 Legislature. With the final drop of the gavel, we saw another busy session end with results worth celebrating, and considerable work ahead. We've got a full legislative recap in this edition of Oregon Stories.

Also this month:

Hope you're having a terrific summer! Thanks for all you do for Oregon.

The team at 1000 Friends of Oregon

2013 Legislative Recap: Wins, Wastes, and What's Next

As you've probably heard, legislators reached sine die this week. Like most, the 2013 legislative session began and ended with a flurry of activity in Salem. Our team worked hard until the final hours to defend Oregon farmland, promote good planning, and protect the public's interest in their communities' future. With the help of many supporters, we killed some big threats and passed some top priorities. But with several bad bills finding their way through, our work is just beginning. Learn more about this session in our recap.

Read our post-session recap

Inside the House

Gem Emerging: Land Use Leadesrhip Initiative Tours Portland's Jade District

On the busy streets of East Portland, amid businesses whose signs are written in several languages and below rising construction at Portland Community College, a new gem is emerging. Our Land Use Leadership Initiative recently took its final tour for 2013, visiting this developing Jade District, centered on SE Division and 82nd Avenue. In a blog post, LULI fellow Aaron Brown reflects on the experience and what it teaches him about neighborhood-led urban renewal.

Take a tour of the Jade District

LULI members tour SE Division St.

Deconstructing Koontz: Recent Supreme Court Ruling Has Major Land Use Effects

Amid the media buzz about a series of landmark Supreme Court rulings last month, one major case largely slipped through the cracks. Officially titled Koontz v. St Johns River Water Management District, the case could have serious implications for communities' ability to require developers to mitigate impacts of their projects. But it is a complex case, and and practitioners are just beginning to explore its effects. Respected land use attorneys Ed Sullivan and Carrie Richter cut through the complexities in this blog post.

Learn about this important ruling

Front of the Supreme Court

Meet Matt Love, Our Next Guest for the McCall Society Speaker Series

We are thrilled to go to Lincoln City next month for the next event in our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series, featuring noted Oregon Coast writer and educator Matt Love. Matt has lived on the coast for decades and has written several books about its history, character, and beauty. In this 100th year of Oregon public beaches, he'll share his thoughts about the future of the Coast and what we can do to protect it. We asked Matt to share his Oregon Story in five simple questions. Check it out here.

Meet Matt Love

Matt Love on the Coast

Land Use Trail

This Month on the Land Use Trail: Visiting Special Oregon Places

We were thrilled to launch our Land Use Trail last month. Throughout the summer, we'll be virtually visiting stops on the trail and sharing some fun tidbits about what makes these places special, whether they are Signature Natural Places, Thriving Working Lanscapes, Great Communities, or examples of our Land Use Roots.

This month we paid a visit to:

Wallowa Lake

Sarah Helmick State Park

Coastal Cranberries

Your Land Use Trail: Share Your Favorite Places

We had to limit our picks to just 40 places. But we want to hear your ideas about else should be on the trail! So far, we've heard great ideas from Opal Creek to Jacksonville, Brookings to the Pringle Creek Community in Salem. We'll be making a second Land Use Trail map featuring your ideas.

So tell us: what's on your Land Use Trail?

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Upcoming Events

McCall Society Speaker Series: Author Matt Love on the Coast
Thursday, August 8
Reception: 5:30 PM, Presentation: 6-7 PM
Lincoln City Cultural Center
540 NE US Highway 101, Lincoln City
Free and open to the public; donations appreciated.

We welcome noted Oregon coast author and educator Matt Love, whose books include Grasping Wastrels vs. Beachers Forever Inc., to our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series. Love will discuss the Oregon Coast's present and future. For more info and to RSVP for this event, please visit

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

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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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July 8
You love your farmers market. But as American Farmland Trust notes in this great infographic, it takes a lot of work to protect the farmland it depends on!

July 3
We're about to leave for a long holiday weekend, so here's a bonus trivia question that relates to it. These two men are competing at a Independence Day weekend festival that was a fixture in one Willamette Valley community for several decades. Do you know what it was?

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July 9
.@ORStateParks has organized a great photo contest to celebrate 100 years of public beaches. #CelebratetheShore

July 9
Returning to great story by @andersem: What caused Portland's "bike boom?" Smart #landuse (UGB, density) has a

July 7
Enjoyed @trichardpdx's postcard from Joseph, Oregon in today's @Oregonian travel section. A truly unique community!

July 2
Destructive wildfires have major #landuse dimension. More houses in wildlands will mean more loss as West heats up.

June 21
Do you ride a bike in Oregon? (Or anywhere?) Check out the @nytimes' cool new crowdsourced map, and add your wisdom:

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Photo credits:
Header: Wallowa Valley from Mt Howard, by Ivan McClellan Photography. Creative Commons.
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail backdrop): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.
LULIs on SE Division Street: Aaron Brown.
Capitol Interior: Travel Salem. Creative Commons.
Supreme Court: Scott Lenger. Creative Commons.
Matt Love photo courtesy of Matt Love.