1000 Friends of Oregon: Oregon Stories
Oregon Stories: What a Month

Dear friend,,

Wow, what a month. What an inspiring, invigorating, exciting month it has been. Our McCall Gala was a big success, we've started exploring land use in person with our Loving Oregon Summer field trips (great times in Helvetia and French Prairie so far), and we're launching our 2014 Land Use Leadership Initiative program.

Even when we're not at the office, we're literally seeing the fruits of land use everywhere at farmers markets and grocery stores around the state. It's all thanks to thinking ahead ‒ and thanks to you and your support for a healthy, productive Oregon.

Have a great summer ‒ and don't forget to send us a photo or two! (Especially if you're visiting the Land Use Trail!)

All our best,
The team at 1000 Friends of Oregon

Applications Open! Land Use Leadership Initiative 2014

We are excited to begin a third year of our Land Use Leadership Initiative. This year, our Fellows will consider the challenges and opportunities presented by the Portland region's projected growth. How does a place grow with grace and fairness? That's the question we'll explore together. Apply here by August 8!

Land Use Leadership Initiative: Applications Now Open!

An Evening Celebrating Our Compass: Photos and Recap from the 2014 McCall Gala

Land use is lived in each of our Oregon Stories. On June 20 we gathered with scores of friends at Portland's lovely Exchange Ballroom to share those stories and hear from emerging leaders who are helping write Oregon's next chapter, in cities and the country. Catch a recap of the evening and see photos here. 

Photo of Gala

Video: What's Your Oregon Story?

One of the highlights of our McCall Gala was finding time in the program for guests to share their Oregon Stories. We've collected a few fun favorites in this short video. Highlights: tattoos that make a clear statement, thoughts on Oregon's climate, and several reasons for staying in this great state. Check it out here. 
Screenshot of Your Oregon Story Video

THIS THURSDAY: Explore the Future of Farming at Headwaters Farm

Farmland without farmers is, well, just land. There's an urgent need to train a new generation of farmers. Answering the call: Headwaters Farm, a unique farm "incubator" just outside Portland. Join us for a tour this Thursday evening, July 17--our next Loving Oregon Summer field trip! Sign up here.


Field Trip: Brownfields of Portland Tour, August 2 or 3 (Pick a Date)

Brownfields are a huge problem. They pose environmental, social justice, health, and economic development challenges. They blight neighborhoods. They're toxic. Literally. What can be done? Find out on this Loving Oregon Summer field trip, co-hosted by Know Your City and Groundworks Portland. Choose which of the two dates works for you! RSVP here.

Brownfields Bus Tour

We're on Instagram! Or should we call it #Oregongram?

If there's one thing we know about Oregon, it's this: this is one gorgeous state. How better to share it than on Instagram? We're excited to join the party. Find and follow us at @1000oregon, and be sure to tag your photos with #landuse or #1000oregon if you want us to see them and pass them on. Keep snapping away!


Land Use Trail

Planning a road trip this summer? Our Land Use Trail is chock-full of forty places worth a visit, in every corner of Oregon. From the thriving orchards of Hood River Valley to the open spaces of Steens Mountain and Baker City's charming Main Street, there are so many ways to celebrate our land and communities.

Learn more at friends.org/trail.

Will you be visiting a stop on the Trail this summer? Share your photos with us! Just use the tag #landusetrail or @1000oregon on Instagram, Twitter, or Flickr, or email them to share@friends.org. We'll pass them on.

Support Our Work

Will you stand with us for a healthy Oregon?  Please consider joining, renewing, or making a special contribution to 1000 Friends today. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

Loving Oregon Summer Field Trips
Headwaters Farm Tour

Thursday, July 17, 6-8:30 PM
Meet at Buckman Farmers Market
SE 20th and Salmon, Portland

Cost: $10

RSVP here.

Headwaters Farm is an incubator for emerging farmers. The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District manages Headwaters Farm, just beyond the Portland UGB, to foster Oregon's community of next-generation farmers. Manager Rowan Steele will give us a tour. RSVP at friends.org/headwatersfarm.

Loving Oregon Summer Field Trips
Brownfields Bus Tour

Saturday, August 2, 11am-2pm, or Sunday, August, 3, 1-4pm
Meet at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave., Portland

Cost: $20
Register at friends.org/brownfieldsbustour

We join Know Your City and Groundworks Portland for a tour of brownfields in Portland: toxic sites waiting for clean-up and redevelopment. Choose whichever of the two dates works for you! More details here: friends.org/brownfieldsbustour.

Loving Oregon Summer Field Trips
East Portland Field Trip

Wednesday, August 20, 6-8:30pm
Meet at 1000 Friends Portland Office,
133 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 201

Cost: $10
RSVP here.

East Portland has long been known for inadequate infrastructure, underdeveloped parks, and diminishing bus service. Join us to explore the area and see how local advocates and residents are working through planning to help make it a better place. Registration at friends.org/eastportland

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:

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July 14
The future of farming is taking shape at farm incubators like East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District's Headwaters Farm. Come see it with us Thursday evening! friends.org/headwatersfarm #LovingORSummer
July 12
Basking in the glow of a terrific day exploring historic, scenic, productive French Prairie today! #lovingORsummer #fieldtrip

July 2
Helvetia lives up to its reputation: gorgeous, thriving, and protected thanks to land use. Thanks to everyone who came riding with us last weekend! See a pic here.

June 20
Photo album: 2014 McCall Gala. A gathering of friends, allies, and Emerging Advocates celebrating Oregon's land use compass.

June 18
Here's some morning inspiration that will take you through the rest of the week: "This Place," an interactive film journal of Oregon's coast. It's also testament to Oregonians' passion for protecting the places we love and share. thisplacejournal.com


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July 15
Congrats to our '13 Land Use Ldrshp Init Fellow Leah Rodgers, selected to represent @slowfoodpdx at 2014 Terra Madre!

July 13
Join our next field trip this Thursday evening: Headwaters Farm, where the new face of farming is incubating. #Oregon friends.org/headwatersfarm

July 11
Gorgeous: John Day Fossil Beds, 1 of 40 stops on our #LandUseTrail. s.oregonlive.com/sEJir0O  Visiting any? Send pics! friends.org/trail

July 10
Bend seeking citizen help with urban growth boundary. Non-residents can apply, too! Deadline 7/11 #inbend #landuse

July 3
"Planning should encourage access to prosperity, not deny it." ED @jminerOR on Portland's new short term rental rules http://pamplinmedia.com...

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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: McCall Gala by Garrett Downen.
LULI: Mark Gamba
Gala video: Ankur Dholakia
Headwaters Farm courtesy EMSWCD.
Brownfields Tour: David Arpi. Creative Commons.
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail header): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.