1000 Friends of Oregon | Oregon Stories e-newsletter

October 9, 2012

Getting Around Oregon

As autumn sets in, we're going on a journey around Oregon in this month's newsletter. Come along, as we meet farmers in historic French Prairie, welcome filmmaker John Waller to Bend and provide a recap of our tour of the Bend Parks Bond, assess Oregon's progress toward "complete communities", and see what the media are saying about Washington County farmland. Plus, take a peek at our brand new Landmark journal, back after four years away. And as always, a listing of our upcoming events and recent social media highlights.

From everyone at 1000 Friends, thanks as always for your support, and have a terrific month!


Friends and Lessons on French Prairie: A Tour of Marion County Farmland

Some of Oregon's finest and most historic farmland sits just across the Boone Bridge from Portland metro in the wide valley and rolling buttes of French Prairie. On a gorgeous Saturday in September, our Land Use Leadership Initiative participants, several board members, and local experts on agriculture took a trip to this unique growing region. There they visited with two longtime farmers and learned a great deal about the area's productivity and the pressures that impact it. Join in to see French Prairie in a new light.

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Farmer David Brown at Mustard Seed Farms

Getting There: Report Grades Oregon's Progress Toward Complete Communities

Much like 1000 Friends' concept of Cool Communities, the national nonprofit Reconnecting America promotes the idea of "complete communities": places where all residents have transportation options and access to things they need, where smart planning choices support prosperous and equitable communities. In a new report, Reconnecting America gives a status update on how America's 366 metro regions are doing. How did Oregon's six metro regions fare? Find out here.

Read Oregon Cities' Report Card

Cover of the report

Films from Oregon and the World: 1000 Friends Brings John Waller to Bend

Filmmaker John Waller's Uncage the Soul video production company has garnered high praise and hundreds of thousands of views of its stunning films of beautiful places and interesting people in Oregon and abroad. From a jaw-dropping journey across Oregon to an incredible traverse of ancient oaks in the Willamette Valley, Waller's films provide instant access to Oregon's treasures. We're excited to bring him to Bend this month for the final event in our 2012 McCall Society Speaker Series. Learn more about Waller and why his work is so highly praised.

Rediscover Oregon with John Waller

Portrait of John Waller

Connecting a Vision: 1000 Friends Leads Tour of Bend Parks Bond Improvements

Voters in the Bend Parks and Recreation District are considering a bond measure to provide a huge boost to the district's parks and trails. Measure 9-86 would make new trail connections, provide funds to acquire new parkland throughout the city, and improve safety for park users on land and in the river. Something this big deserves our attention--which is why 1000 Friends organized a major bike ride to some of the bond's biggest projects. Over 40 participants joined us, along with a KTVZ tv crew. Come along--check out a photo gallery and recap here.

Rediscover Oregon with John Waller

Bikers on our Bend Parks Bond tour

1000 Friends Publishes New Landmark Journal

After a hiatus of four years, we were pleased to mail Landmark, our printed journal, to supporters of 1000 Friends last month. The current issue features an update on the Blueprint for Oregon's Future, insight from public opinion polls and public health experts, and Chris Leinberger's thoughts on what changing market trends tell us. All that, plus a profile of some Local Heroes and one member's favorite Oregon place. Didn't get the printed version? You can read it online! Click here to download it.

Peruse Our Latest Landmark

Download the new Landmark

Media Roundup: Following Reserves Appeal, Revisiting Wash. Co. Farmland

To many, Washington County is a place best known for high-tech factories and far-flung subdivisions. But following 1000 Friends' recent announcement that it will stand with several local farmers against Metro's urban/rural reserves proposal, local media have dug into the connection between strong farming and a stron economy. One clear conclusion: Urban land changes, but farmland can't be replaced. That's why we're working so hard to protect it.

Read What Local Media Are Saying

Farm in Washington County proposed urban reserve


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Think about what you love most about Oregon, and please consider a visit to our online donation page to help us protect and enhance it. Thank you for joining our work for a better Oregon. We can't do our work without you.

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Upcoming Events

Southern Oregon Active Transportation Summit
Friday, October 19th, 9:00-4:00 PM
Rogue Valley Country Club, Medford

Join transportation experts and local leaders for a day of learning how to provide safe and efficient active transportation options throughout Southern Oregon. Our Southern Oregon Advocate, Greg Holmes, will be speaking in a breakout session on the connections between land use and walking, transit and biking. Registration required. Learn more here.

McCall Society Speaker Series: Filmmaker John Waller in Bend
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 PM
Riverbend Community Room,
799 SW Columbia St., Bend
Cost: Free for 1000 Friends members, $15 for others

John Waller’s Uncage the Soul Productions company has made a stir recently, with beautiful, innovative films of the impressive people and inspiring places that define Oregon. Join us for a screening of recent hits, including the sensational Finding Oregon and Treeverse, followed by a Q&A with Waller about his work. RSVPs required--learn more here.

Build Small | Live Large Summit
Friday, October 26, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Smith Center, Portland State University

1000 Friends is pleased to co-sponsor this daylong summit, which will gather leaders in the development, real estate, building and design sector from across the bioregion for an intensive day of inspiration, project case studies and peer-to-peer learning. Industry professionals will see innovative designs and learn abSout the financial success stories emerging across the Portland area. Find out more here.

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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October 4th
Wow, thanks to the 45 folks who made it out for our Bend Parks Bond tour yesterday! Under clear skies we saw the difference that this measure could make for everyone in the Bend Parks and Recreation District. Check out the coverage from the local TV station, featuring our Central Oregon Advocate Pam Hardy.

October 4th
Enjoyed our visit to Dancing Roots Farm yesterday with Shawn Linehan Photography! Here's a shot of Dancing Roots' Shari and Brian showing off an especially large Golden Marconi pepper for Shawn's camera. Really great people, and an awesome farm. Check out a photo.

September 14th
Friday photo trivia time! Here's an undated, but almost certainly early 20th century postcard from an Oregon town with a poetic name. It may not be known as "Queen City" anymore, as the ad in the foreground suggests, but this remains an important Oregon community. Guess away!

August 16th
An Oregon crop that many may not know grows here! Cool story. Read about Oregon Wasabi.

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October 5th
.@oregonmetro on state loan idea to ready industrial lands inside the UGB. This creativity is a positive step. ow.ly/efPVr

October 1st
Every residential street in Oregon should be safe enough for this. ow.ly/e8znV via @PortlandAfoot

September 26th
Our policy director tells @KBOO: #WashCo #agriculture contributes $2 billion to the county's economy annually, according to @ORagriculture.

September 25th
.@BrammoSays plans R&D facility in #Portland, cites #livability as one factor helping attract talent. ow.ly/dZnAV

September 21st
Great @nytimes op-ed on #environmentalism and #suburbs. We believe suburbs should be livable, sustainable places, too. ow.ly/dTTog

September 20th
.@thelundreport reports on Oregon's new #FarmToSchool program: way underfunded but seeking proposals from districts. ow.ly/dRJUD

September 18th
.@CNNMoney reports: Share of new cars purchased by 18-34 yr-olds dropped 30% in last 5 years. ow.ly/dO74O #Millennials

September 17th
Excited to participate in the #SouthernOR #ActiveTransportation Summit next month! Free registration. Learn more here: ow.ly/dMftG

September 13th
"Rabid #Transit": Interesting @eugeneweekly piece on murky forces behind anti-transit efforts in Eugene & OR generally. ow.ly/ejwUE

September 13th
#LandUseIs: @EdibleManhattan magazine praises #Oregon for great local food & wise farmland policies making it possible. ow.ly/dGYgL

September 12th
Fun to be at the Capitol today with @EarthShareOR for the state employees charitable drive kickoff! Love this mural: ow.ly/i/VEjq

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Photo credits:
Header: Chehalem Mountains winery, by Patrick Morgan. Used and adapted under Creative Commons License 2.0.
David Brown: Craig Beebe
John Waller photo courtesy of Uncage the Soul.
Report Cover: Reconnecting America.
Landmark image: Corvallis Farmers Market by Greg Holmes.
Washington County farm: Ted Sweeney.