The Land Use Trail: Celebrating 40 Years with One Epic Roadtrip

Dear friend,

Two things on many Oregonians' minds right now: summer travels, and Oregon's iconic landscapes and communities.

We're celebrating both this month with the launch of our Land Use Trail, a collection of 40 places marking 40 years of land use planning in Oregon:

Land Use Trail Banner

The Land Use Trail is not so much a single route as a compilation of places that make Oregon special--each protected or improved through smart land use planning and policy.

From the quiet depths of the Owyhee River Canyon to the bustling streets of the Pearl District, from the Grande Ronde Valley to coastal cranberry bogs, every region of the state is included.

All of Oregon's 36 counties are represented at least once on the trail, in places organized around four categories. Several were chosen based on your votes at our 2013 Tom McCall Gala or online.

Click any of these categories to see the stops on our Trail:

Great Communities Thriving Working Landscapes
Signature Natural Places Land Use Roots

See the Full List

On our website at, we've got an interactive map of the 40 places on the Trail, short descriptions of what makes each place special, opportunities to share your photos of places on the trail, and much more. This is your place to start exploring the trail.

Take Us On Your Trip: Crowdsourcing the Land Use Trail

Will you be hitting the road in Oregon this summer? Biking the high desert, getting behind the wheel in the Willamette Valley? Any of our sites on your itinerary? Share a few photos with us and we'll pass them on! Find out how here.

Tell Us What We Missed

It was hard to pick just 40 places--and we've already heard many good ideas from our readers and members on our last poll, when we asked you to help us choose.

We'll make a second map featuring your ideas. Tell us about your favorite places here.

The Land Use Trail: Your Oregon Lands, Your Oregon Stories

The path you take is up to you, but think of the Land Use Trail as a way to explore and appreciate the places that make this state great.

We hope you'll join us on this adventure this summer--and enjoy the fruits of smart planning and policy in Oregon.

See you on the trail!
The team at 1000 Friends of Oregon

P.S.--More updates from our recent work below.

Hello, Aloha: LULI Uncovers Washington County Transportation Challenges

Our Land Use Leadership Initiative drove out TV Highway on Friday, May 17, to visit the diverse unincorporated Washington County community of Aloha. We met with local organizers, elected officials, and planners working for a better community transportation system. LULI participant Tony DeFalco (right) reflects on what he learned about people, planning, and possibilities in the community.

Read Tony's Thoughts on Aloha

Tony DeFalco in Aloha

Building Better Budgets: Report Highlights Smart Growth Cost Savings

A new report from Smart Growth America affirms and expands on key findings from More Extensive Is More Expensive, our 2013 report on Oregon's fiscal challenges stemming from sprawl-based infrastructure. SGA's new report adds new data on costs related to services in sprawling areas versus smart-growth areas, and the tax revenue each of these areas generate. The answer to these important questions: smarter growth just makes better sense for taxpayers.

Learn more about the report

Cover of the report

Legislature Update: Winding Down, and Watching Closely

The 2013 legislative session is in its closing weeks--a time for extra vigilance for land use issues, which often come up in last-minute trades between legislators and parties. We'll continue fighting bills that undermine Oregonians' interests through land use loopholes for special interests or weakened protections for farms and forest lands. We've got some things to celebrate, too, though, including passing priority bills to expand job creation options inside UGBs and better connections between farmers and consumers. Stay tuned next month for a full report on where things ended up.

Inside the House

Transitions: New Friends Coming, Old Faces Leaving 1000 Friends

The faces of 1000 Friends are changing. On May 31, we closed our Bend office. We will be shifting our Central Oregon efforts to an activist-based model centered on a local advisory council. So we say a reluctant farewell to Pam Hardy, our Central Oregon Advocate for three great years. Also in May, we welcomed our 2013 Paul Gerhardt Intern: Arturo Romo (right) is a University of Illinois junior and will work on a rural economy report this summer. Next week, we welcome our 2013 DukeEngage Intern, Estefany Noria. Estefany will undertake an exciting walkability project. Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Arturo Romo outside our office

Support Our Work

So much to celebrate--but none of it is possible without you.

Your support is crucial to this work. Please consider joining, renewing, or making a special online contribution to 1000 Friends today, to help us continue making Oregon a better place for everyone. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

Pedalpalooza: MAX to Market
Tonight! Wednesday, June 12 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Meet at Hatfield Government MAX Stop
110 SE Washington St., Hillsboro

Don't miss another great chance to get out and ride in Washington County! The MAX to Market ride, now in its third year, is an easy hourlong ride (each way) from downtown Hillsboro to the Forest Grove Farmers Market, where you can enjoy some good food and company. Sponsored by Adelante Mujeres, BTA, Oregon Walks, and the Westside Transportation Alliance. More info here.

McCall Society Speaker Series: Author Matt Love on the Coast
Thursday evening, August 8
Lincoln City Cultural Center
540 US Highway 101, Lincoln City
Free for 1000 Friends members, $15 for others

We welcome noted Oregon coast author Matt Love, whose books include The Newport Trilogy, to our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series. Love will discuss Oregon's land use planning program and the Coast. More info here. To RSVP for this event, please contact Kristin Barber at or 503-497-1000 x123.

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 Southern Oregon

Willamette Valley News Willamette Valley

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.

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June 7
Another record year for Oregon farms and ranches--Oregon's reliable, productive powerhouse. Learn more here about big growth in Oregon agriculture sales in 2012.

June 4
"Every once in awhile, if you are in the right place — and if you have the right leadership — you do something that is transformational." -Gov. Ted Kulongoski on the 40th anniversary of Oregon's landmark Senate Bill 100. Read the story here.

May 29
What has 40 years of statewide land use planning meant to Oregon? Here's one warm reminder. Like and Share to help celebrate! See this image here.

May 24
At an LCDC hearing yesterday, commissioners told Metro they need a "Woody Guthrie" to help with planning for climate smart communities. Fun to imagine the lyrics he would write!

May 22
Oregon land use has always been about great people, first and foremost. Here are three U of O grads who've made a big difference.

Follow Us!

June 9
Stopping along Meek Road, area designated for urbanization, on our #pedalpalooza ride in #WashCo.

June 6
"Horse trading for golf courses": @sourceweekly on a #landusebill with big implications in Central Oregon.

"A city is an organism, not a machine." It's people that give it sustenance, writes Chuck Marohn of

May 31
600,000 acres & thousands of jobs: our statement on why #GMOwheat events are of grave concern to all Oregon. #ORag

May 30
"If the OR Capitol housed a sports franchise, the number SB100 would be retired & hung in the rotunda." Fun op-ed:

May 29
What #40Years of Oregon #landuse planning in Oregon: Strawberries, not subdivisions on Sauvie Island.

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Photo credits:
Header: "The Easy Way", by Michael Muraz. Creative Commons.
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail backdrop): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.
Astoria (Great Communities backdrop): Dan Klimke. Creative Commons.
Hood River Valley (Thriving Working Landscapes): Patrick Dirden. Creative Commons.
Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds (Signature Natural Places): OldManTravels.
Crater Lake (Land Use Roots): Charles Dawley. Creative Commons.
LULIs in Aloha: Mark Gamba
Building Better Budgets cover: Smart Growth America.
Capitol: Travel Salem. Creative Commons.