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Dear friend,

Happy Thanksgiving! We have much to be grateful for this season, including Oregon’s unique lack of sprawl and our ongoing efforts to combat housing inequality, The Metro Council’s decision to hold to the current Urban Growth Boundary, and the great bounty we have locally when farms do what they are meant to do best – grow food!  
 
In this edition of Oregon Stories, you’ll also be reading about…
 

Christmas trees. It’s big business in Oregon! We must take our market leadership seriously and ensure that we are not exporting invasive species.
 
We’ll provide an update from
Eugene on the recent city council activities. We are pleased to report that the council has set aside its initial motion to halt all re-zoning in R-1 adjacent locations.   
 
1000 Friends is focusing some time to
stop sprawl on farmland in the southern Wilsonville region. This effort will save farmland and taxpayer dollars!
 
Finally, head’s up on all sorts of activities in December!
Willamette Week’s Give!Guide is in full steam, and we are co-hosting a party at Patagonia Portland, with the Audubon Society of Portland and Wild Salmon Center. Remember that December 1st is Giving Tuesday – across the state, organizations and individuals are coming together to support #OregoniansGive!

We hope you enjoy our newsletter, and be sure to catch our added treat: “This month we learned…” (Read this before Black Friday!)
 
 As always, we appreciate your 
generous support.
 
Thank you for your passion,
The 1000 Friends of Oregon Team
 
P.S. You are invited to our
Friends holiday happy hour in our Portland office (133 SW 2nd Ave, suite 210, Portland) December 7th from 5-7:30pm. Join us for light refreshments, Oregon wine, and a toast to our 40th anniversary year’s accomplishments. Please RSVP here so we know to expect you. Contact amanda@friends.org with any questions.

 

The Metro Council decided not to expand the Portland-Metro Urban Growth Boundary

We are thrilled with the final Metro Council decision not to expand the UGB around the Portland-Metro area!

1000 Friends' Mary Kyle McCurdy has been leading our efforts to advocate for this decision, testifying at Metro, supporting our Land Use Leadership Fellows, and promoting thoughtful dialogue around these issues. We have been strong advocates for building better neighborhoods inside the existing UGB - because that is what people are demanding, and what makes for more livable places.

It also means that the region's working countryside of farms and forest will be protected for what they do best - growing food and trees. The farms of Clackamas and Washington counties are among the most productive in the state, and indeed the country. While the region seems urban, a large part of it supports the state's #2 largest industry - agriculture.

Cornelius Oregon UGB
Cornelius, OR

Sam Beebe NW PDX
NW Portland, OR

Protecting Oregon’s environment AND promoting affordability

When compared to Washington and Idaho, Oregon's cities sprawl less even as they grow. We also lose less farmland per year than our neighbors.
 
This is good news for the environment and livability we prize. But while we protect the landscape, we must work on the affordability of housing within Oregon's cities to make livability accessible to all. As described in the Wall Street Journal, land use regulation in urban environments is correlated to income inequality. All the way to the White House, this is a concern. At 1000 Friends, 
we work on promoting housing affordability, increasing mobility, and creating a shared livability that works for all Oregonians.
 
Housing is critical for economic stability. Please join 1000 Friends in fighting to make sure it’s a top priority in our state! 
Here’s the latest on our coalition work with Anti-displacement PDX.

 
1000 Friends is proud to participate in the Anti-diplacement PDX coalition. 
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Anti-Displacement PDX Rally by Jenni Denekas
 

Christmas Trees are big business for Oregon farmers
 
As the nation’s top producer with over $100 million in sales value every year, Christmas trees are big business for Oregon. Since the vast majority of these trees leave the state it is very important that we do not export invasive species on them. The harvest is going on now as are inspections to make sure they are clean.

 Parker Knight XMas Trees and Pumpkins

The Rogue Valley Food System Network 1000 Friends Profile

We are thrilled to be a part of the Rogue Valley Food System Network. Our Food Systems Director, Greg Holmes, has been active with the group for several years, and now it is really taking off as a leading model around the state! Food systems support our agricultural health, and help farms do what they do best – grow food. 

 Apples from Rogue Valley Brambles courtesy of Freinds of Family Farmers
 

Oregonians speak out to stop sprawl, save farmland and scarce infrastructure dollars

Efforts to develop south of the Willamette River along I-5 have dated back to the 70's. As this article points out, Charbonneau jumped the Willamette at that time, and symbolizes some of the concerns regarding expensive infrastructure to serve new development, as well as the elimination of prime farmland. The current pressure and proposal outlined here wrap in many of the classic issues of land use.

1000 Friends has worked with Friends of French Prairie and other groups, local governments, farmers, and elected officials for years, to keep development from sprawling further south of the Willamette River. This is a compelling need for the community, saving prime farmland as well as taxpayer dollars. We are
delivering testimony at an upcoming hearing on reserves at Metro, where this issue will again appear. 

Willsonville From Above_by Desert4wd on Creative Commons
Wilsonville from Above

Willamette River near Wilsonville_Aaron Suchy_Creative Commons
Willamette River
 

The Eugene city council halts its original motion to stop all re-zoning of single-family adjacent properties

Last month we let you know about a recent Eugene city council action, which would have restricted all re-zoning plans adjacent to single-family housing lots. This decision had the potential to force development further to the fringe and block people who seek to live in different housing types from accessing connected, established communities.  

1000 Friends of Oregon was only one of many dissenting voices for this decision. Our Urban Specialist, Mia Nelson, worked with community groups and interested individuals advocating for a reversal on the decision. After weeks of back and forth, numerous opinion pieces to the paper, and testimony from Eugenians, the council has decided to hold off on implementing the original motion. This puts a pause on the conversation, as the city and planners go back to the community to, in earnest, solicit feedback and input from those who are affected by the long-range planning goals. Housing should be available for every Eugene resident, from single-family homeowners, to seniors renting on a fixed income.
 
If you live in Eugene, contact your council and let them know what you care about in this conversation. Get involved, and let your thoughts be heard. 

Loren Kerns Dusk in Downtown Eugene

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Celebrate the Season with 1000 Friends!
 
If you are in, or going to be in, the Portland area, we would love to have you for one of our great holiday parties this year:
 
Friends Holiday Happy Hour – Monday, December 7th from 5-7:30pm.

Please join us for an informal holiday happy hour with friends this season. You and your loved ones are invited to enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, Oregon wine, and the company of others who value long-term, publicly interested planning for Oregon's future, including our board of directors. 
Please do RSVP here
 

Feathers, Fins, and Friends: A Give!Guide Party! – Thursday, December 10, from 7-9pm

Join the Audubon Society of Portland, Wild Salmon Center and 1000 Friends of Oregon for a special shopping and fundraising event at Patagonia Portland. Beer will be provided by Hopworks Brewery and food from Hotlips Pizza, with a special raffle of Patagonia gear at the end of the night. 

Anyone who donates at the event will be given a 20% off Patagonia coupon and could win a chance to be outfitted head-to-toe in Patagonia fly fishing gear! 

Come eat, drink and witness an elite athlete from each organization compete in the first ever Chum Cup!
RSVP Today!



And Finally,

This Month We Learned...


That nature is a cure-all, when you use Nature RX! Get your fix on Black Friday, when the Oregon Parks Department will waive visitor fees for all state parks. #OptOutside

Hikers at Pilot Rock BLM
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Patagonia GiveGuide Poster






Ian Sane Silver Falls Title - Dream Pool



 

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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: City Bluffs=Fall Color by Ian Sane
Anti-Displacement PDX: Rally by Jenni Denekas
Metro UGB: Cornelius, OR UGB and NW PDX by Sam Beebe
Christmas Trees: Xmas Trees and Pumpkins by Parker Knight
Rogue Valley: Apples from Rogue Valley Brambles courtesy of Friends of Family Farmers
Willamette River Sprawl: Wilsonville from Above by Desert4wd and Willamette River near Wilsonville by Aaron Suchy 
Eugene: Dusk in Downtown Eugene by Loren Kerns and Oregon Attractions Downtown Eugene
Holiday Happy Hour: Portland Otters by Ian Sane
This Month We Learned: Hikers at Pilot Rock by BLM and Silver Falls by Ian Sane