1000 Friends of Oregon | Oregon Stories e-newsletter

September 6, 2012

Keeping the Oregon Spirit

Dear friend,

We have some major news in this month's Oregon Stories. Jason, our Executive Director explains why we're challenging Metro's urban reserves plan. Then there are important reports that demonstrate a substantial decline in Northwesterners' gas consumption per capita, and that commend Oregon's land use planning program. Also, we take a trip to an innovative food entrepreneur incubator in Salem, and share how EarthShare can help you support a thriving Oregon at work. From all of us at 1000 Friends, have a terrific beginning to your autumn--and keep in touch.

Letter from Our Director: Taking a Stand on Urban and Rural Reserves

This week, 1000 Friends announced it is challenging Metro's plan for urban and rural reserves in Washington County. Intended to direct urban growth and conservation for the next fifty years, the plan misses the mark on the region's long-held vision, proposing to unnecessarily pave over thousands of acres of highly productive farmland (like this area on Scotch Church Road near Hillsboro). In this letter to our supporters, Executive Director Jason Miner explains why it's crucial that we get this right.

Read Jason's Letter to Supporters
Farmer sign on Scotch Church Rd.

Sowing Seeds in Salem: Wandering Aengus Cider and Fresh and Local

Near the Salem airport, two companies are turning Oregon's agricultural bounty into good jobs and a potentially lucrative economic development strategy for this city in the heart of the Willamette Valley. They're an unlikely pair--a hard cider company and a farm-to-school processor--but they've worked together to pursue a unique approach with the city that could lead to more small food innovators investing in Salem. We took a tour as part of our Walkable Workplace profile series.

See What's Cooking in Salem

A worker at Wandering Aengus

Northwest Fuel Consumption Hits Historic Lows

You'd have to go back to the Kennedy Administration to find a time when Oregonians last purchased the amount of gas per person that they did in 2011. That's one of the key findings of an important new study from Seattle's Sightline Institute. Per capita fuel consumption is declining rapidly in the Northwest, and it's not just high fuel prices or more efficient cars, either. This shift could have major implications for how we fund our future transportation network.

Learn about this historic trend

Chart from Sightline Report

Stanford Magazine: Oregon Land Use Planning Is "What Works" in Government

The Stanford Social Innovation Review is one of the nation's go-to sources for forward-thinking people and institutions, chronicling the latest developments in better government, business, and philanthropy. When they looked for "what works" in American government recently, they chose to highlight Oregon and our pioneering land use program. Even nearly forty years after its creation, they wrote, the program is bringing success to Oregon and is still a model for the nation. Find out why they think so.

See Why SSIR Praises Oregon

Stanford Hoover Tower

Support Oregon at Work: EarthShare Oregon Launches Fall Campaign

It's at the bottom of all our newsletters: "1000 Friends is a proud member of EarthShare Oregon." But what does that mean? It means we're part of a coalition that makes it easy to support Oregon through simple payroll deductions. Over 100 companies and agencies have made EarthShare part of their workplace giving--perhaps even yours! As EarthShare launches its fall campaign, we share more about them and how you, too, can help Oregon be more beautiful and healthy through workplace giving.

See How EarthShare Helps Oregon

Rogue River with EarthShare logo

Support Our Work

Think about what you love most about Oregon, and please consider a visit to our online donation page to help us protect or 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

Robert Liberty Discusses Cool Communities in Bend
Two events! Free and open to the public.
OSU Cascades brown bag lunch, 12:00 PM
Happy Hour at Summit Saloon, 5:30 PM

We're excited to bring former 1000 Friends Executive Director Robert Liberty for one of two interesting conversations about creating healthy cities all across Oregon and the globe. We're excited to bring Robert to Central Oregon for these two talks. Click here to learn more.

McCall Society Speaker Series: Filmmaker John Waller
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

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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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August 31st
On what looks like a beautiful Labor Day weekend, many of you are likely headed out some place to enjoy Oregon's beauty. Today's photo trivia features some Oregonians out on the road, about 90 years ago. This curve was on one of Oregon's most famous of winding highways--which was actually one of the first highways built by the new state highway department. Can you identify the place where this road ran?

August 28th
Oregon's farm economy extends well beyond the fields. And we can grow it and support even tiny towns like Donald, if we make investments in these kind of homegrown businesses and the employees they need right now. Read about GK Machine in Donald.

August 16th
The CDC reports that more Americans are walking today than 5 years ago--62 percent now walk at least 10 minutes straight at least once a week. Interestingly, the average time spent walking is slightly shorter, which may mean more people are walking for short errands, so that long walks solely for exercise are not pulling the average up. Learn more here.

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August 31st
In Yamhill County, farmers are trying to hold back a landfill, as @PoMoMagazine recently reported in a moving profile: ow.ly/dnHy1

August 30th
Strong editorial in @clackamasreview urges No vote on Measure 3-401, a "roadblock to the county's economic prosperity": ow.ly/dlShc

August 27th
.@salesforce planning major Oregon expansion. Why here? Talented folks live here. Why? It's a great place to live. ow.ly/dgAzN

August 23rd
Thrilled & honored to be in @wweek's @GiveGuide again this year! An terrific way to support 100+ Oregon nonprofits in Nov/Dec...stay tuned!

August 16th
Report: Americans walking more, but avg walk time down a bit. Maybe more walking for short errands? ow.ly/d1HTg via @AtlanticCities

August 21st
Celebrating our summer Gerhardt Intern @TedBSweeney tonight!pic.twitter.com/V10xHsQR

August 15th
#McMinnville residents decry city's decision allowing developer to fund its own commercial needs study. ow.ly/d02aX #ORLandUseNews

August 14th
#JobSprawl and the impact on families--smart companies are figuring this out. Smart land use can help lead the way. ow.ly/cYr2b

August 13th
Our Willamette Vlly Advocate Mia Nelson had a letter in the @registerguard last wk about the West #Eugene EmX: ow.ly/cW36e #transit

August 10th
They've always seemed otherworldly. Now there's proof: John Day Fossil Beds are used to understand Mars: ow.ly/cSUQf #ORLandUseNews

August 9th
Fewer ppl want to live in sprawl. But#ZombieSprawl staggers on, says @bcitiestowns. Exhibit A: fed transportation bill ow.ly/cRM0v

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Photo credits:
Header: Farm near Hillsboro, by Gary Swain. Used and modified under Creative Commons License 2.0.
Ciderworks and Scotch Church Rd: Ted Sweeney.
Chart: Sightline Institute.
Stanford's Hoover Tower: Corey Seeman. Used under Creative Commons License 2.0.
Rogue River image: Eric May. Used and modified under Creative Commons License 2.0. (EarthShare logo added.)