Oregon Stories, May 2014

Dear friend,

The future is hard to predict. But there are a few things we can be sure of here in Oregon--thanks to land use. Such as? We explore one certainty in our new photo essay about rural reserves: Not a bargain. A promise.

Nearer to the present, we're really excited about Friday, June 20, when we celebrate Oregon's land use compass at our 2014 Tom McCall Gala! More details directly below, then continue reading for more exciting events and updates on our work around Oregon.

Celebrate Our Compass: The 2014 Tom McCall Gala

Please join us for an evening to celebrate Oregon's land use compass: where it has guided us, and where we'll go next. Friday, June 20 from 5:30 to 8:30. It'll be a night of great food and drink, good friends, and inspiration at Portland's stunning new Exchange Ballroom.

Learn more and buy tickets at friends.org/gala2014.

Thanks to our current event sponsors below. (Add your company or name to this list!)

$5000 Thriving Working Landscapes Presenting Sponsor

$1500 Mt. Hood Emerging Advocates Sponsors

Neil Kelly Law Office of Bill Kloos One Green World

Read on for other recent stories from our work!

Photo Essay: Not a Bargain. A Promise.

What can we say about 2064 in Oregon? Here are some ideas. Our new photo essay explores the implications of the Portland area's recent urban and rural reserves decision in a beautiful, accessible way. See it here.
Plum Trees at West Union

Join the Conversation in Bend May 29: "Toward One Oregon"

We hear so much in this state about an urban-rural divide. But what common threads unite us? This month in Bend, we're pleased to partner with The Environmental Center for an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project event to discuss this question with two top thinkers. Come share your thoughts!


Summer is Coming. Explore on Our New Field Trips!

Summertime in Oregon means getting outside. Indulge your outdoor spirit this summer while learning about land use! Join us for our NEW Loving Oregon Summer field trips. We kick things off with a Helvetia Community Bike Ride and a Portland Ghost Freeway walking tour in June, farm tours in July, and more city tours in August. Space is very limited--learn more here!

Summer Field Trips

Summer Intern Working on Citizen Participation: What Are Your Ideas?

Last week we welcomed our 2014 Gerhardt Intern: Jessmine Anderson. Jessmine is a recent graduate of UO's Environmental Economics program. She'll spend the summer researching strategies to improve Goal One, Oregon's citizen engagement vision. Do you have ideas to share? Email her at jessmine@friends.org.


New Faces at 1000 Friends: Welcome, Anyeley! 

We're pleased to welcome a new face to our Board of Directors. Anyeley Hallova is an urban designer and landscape architect who works with project^, a innovative development firm based in Portland. She's also a published researcher and contributor to a host of advisory and design critique committees. Welcome!

Anyeley Hallova

VIDEO: Exploring Oregon's Conservation Legacy with Mike McCloskey

From beaches to bottles, farmland to forests, Oregon's long been a leader in caring for its resources. Former Sierra Club director Mike McCloskey wrote a book on this legacy and what's next in Oregon's conservation movement. Watch a video of his April 17 talk in Salem, part of our McCall Society Speaker Series.

Mike McCloskey

Land Use Trail

This Month on the Land Use Trail

Since last June, we've been virtually visiting stops on our new Land Use Trail 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.

Since our last newsletter we paid a visit to wonderful farming regions:

Curry County Lily Fields

 Helvetia, Washington County 

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

McCall Speaker Series in Bend:
"Toward One Oregon"

Thursday, May 29, 6-7:30 PM
The Environmental Center
16 NW Kansas Street, Bend

Cost: Free and open to the public
RSVP: Amanda Caffall, amanda@friends.org or (503) 497-1000 x137

Join 1000 Friends and the Environmental Center for a community conversation led by Professors Ethan Seltzer and Michael Hibbard about finding Oregon's shared interests and overcoming its differences. This is an Oregon Humanities "Conversation Project" event. Learn more at friends.org/bendconversation.

2014 Tom McCall Gala:
Oregon's Land Use Compass

Friday, June 20, 5:30-8:30 PM
Exchange Ballroom, 123 NE 3rd Ave.
Tickets: friends.org/gala2014


Land use is a compass that guides Oregon's future. Celebrate where the compass has taken us, and where we'll go next, at our 2014 Tom McCall Gala. Learn more here.

Loving Oregon Summer Field Trips
Portland's Ghost Freeways

Wednesday, June 25, 5:30-7:30 PM
Meet at Salmon Street Fountain
SW Salmon and Naito, Portland
Cost: $10


Join us for a walking tour around downtown Portland to talk about failed freeway projects and how they affect Portlanders getting around today. Learn more.

Loving Oregon Summer Field Trips
Helvetia Bike Ride

Saturday, June 28, 1-4:30 PM
Meet at Orenco Station MAX,
NW 231st and NE Alder St., Hillsboro

Cost: Free and open to the public
RSVP here.

Join us as we ride by scenic farmland, transit-oriented development, and explore the edge of the Urban Growth Boundary! 
The ride will include a moderate-difficulty 15-mile loop through Helvetia, including a stop at the Helvetia Tavern. Free! 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 are some recent highlights

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May 8
A strengthened edge means a revitalized core. That's what Oregon knows about its cities. Grist.org just discovered it, too.

May 2
Here's a lovely picture of spring in Oregon. Today's photo comes from Hells Canyon, a stop on our Land Use Trail (friends.org/trail/hells-canyon). Happy Friday!

May 1
Happy Oregon Wine Month to all our friends who make and enjoy good wine. Don't forget to toast Oregon's farmland protections--we'd have a lot fewer vineyards without land use planning.

April 28
Morning reading: Top 10 reasons for a new American Dream. What are your reasons?

Follow Us!


May 7
"Around here we have family rituals around the ripening of certain crops & cutting Christmas trees.” #landuse #Oregon ow.ly/wBft6 

May 3
Why Portland's so livable: Don't miss @annargriff's interview w/ @benrosstransit http://ow.ly/wq5za  

May 1
What do older Americans want for their communities? Transit and safe places to walk rank very highly, reports @AARP: http://ow.ly/wnIBs 

April 25
Ashland celebrates @BikeLeague nod: most improved bike-friendly city. http://ow.ly/wamd0  On our #LandUse Trail! http://friends.org/trail/ashland 

April 24
Pleased to join @RepSchrader, @Farmfriends & more to sign declaration of cooperation for Clackamas Co. agriculture!

April 18
If you see a lily this #Easter weekend, chances are it came from...guess where? http://friends.org/trail/lilies 

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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: Council Creek Sunrise by Carla Axtman.
Cherry blossoms in Helvetia by Carla Axtman.
Field trips photo by Loren Kerns via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Mike McCloskey: Amanda McCloskey via The Oregon Encyclopedia
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail header): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.
Credits for Land Use Trail backdrop images at friends.org/trail/credits.