As Earth Month comes to a close, we at 1000 Friends are reminded of how proud we are to be a part of Oregon’s conservation community. In April we are celebrating some of our Affiliates and their work to protect Oregon’s agricultural lands.
This month we welcomed Save Helvetia to our Affiliates program, following a successful legislative session where we kept 1,700 acres of Helvetia farmland in rural reserves.
We interviewed Roger Kaye, President of Friends of Marion County, about their work to prevent a large, multi-day music festival from relocating onto farmland abuting a wildlife refuge.
In Yamhill County, new rules are being established to direct new large-scale solar development on lower grade soils, protecting the high-class soils for agriculture.
Finally, an urban update! Our Portland for Everyone team reviews the latest Residential Infill Proposal and shares news around a proposed new affordable housing apartment complex.
Thank you for your passion,
The 1000 Friends Team
This month, 1000 Friends is proud to announce that we have formalized an Affiliate partnership with Save Helvetia. Affiliates are local groups who share land use values dedicated to organizing around their region’s land use policies and who share mutual values with 1000 Friends. Our agreement means that both organizations will work through collaboration and mutual support to better fulfill our shared objectives.
Fighting for farmland
Friends of Marion County pushing back on massive festival
In its tenth year, the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival is looking to relocate to a new, bigger venue. After years in Brownsville, the four-day festival, which sees around 25,000 attendees per day, has outgrown its location and worn out the local residents’ patience. So says Friends of Marion County President, Roger Kaye. The Bi-Mart Festival planners are setting their sights on a new location, in the heart of farmland in Marion County, abutting the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge. We interviewed Roger about this case and what Friends of Marion County is doing to protect the region’s natural spaces.
Read our interview
New Solar Rules
Yamhill County updates zoning for solar siting
Yamhill County Board of Commissioners voted yesterday to change the county zoning ordinance to restrict commercial solar installations on high-value farmland soils. The decision is not a complete ban on solar; rather, commercial solar arrays would still be allowed on lower-class soils. Instead, according to Yamhill County planning director Ken Friday, it is a way to protect the county’s most valuable soil, by keeping it free of commercial solar arrays.
Portland for Everyone Update
Our Portland for Everyone team has been hard at work promoting pro-housing policies in the city. To whit, this month we advocated for the upzoning of a surface parking lot to allow a 50-unit affordable housing apartment complex in North Portland. We also reviewed the latest iteration of Portland's Residential Infill Project. We found the plan to be woefully inadequate in meeting the housing needs of Portland’s residents, only marginally add housing opportunities in the city. Much more can and should be done. Our review outlines a few key changes the city must take to ensure that we come closer to housing our full community affordably.
This month we...
(Rancher John Wick spreads compost on his lands for healthy soils and lower carbon output)
Celebrate Earth Month by advancing the use of our farmland for carbon sequestration. A process called carbon-farming can help mitigate global warming impacts. Ensuring that agricultural lands are conserved, put to good use to grow our foods, and serve as carbon sinks means that we all benefit.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!
Metro Candidate Forum TONIGHT!!!
Join 1000 Friends and the Coalition of Communities of Color for a Metro Candidate Forum. You got your ballot in the mail, now meet the candidates before you vote!
TONIGHT 7 -9pm at the Muslim Educational Trust in Tigard.
More Info and RSVP
Environmental Justice, Race, and Public Lands: A Symposium
The symposium seeks to bring together practitioners engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the Pacific Northwest with scholars focused on race, environmental justice, and/or indigeneity as they relate to public lands.
May 9 - 11 at the University of Oregon
Header: Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, Bonnie Moreland. Main Stories: Helvetia Farmland, Creative Commons; Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Fest, Billy Newman Photography; Solar Farm, Invenergy LLC; Tri-plex from Portland Community Reinvestment Initatives; John Wick Compost by Jonno Rattman for The New York Times Side Bar: Metro Candidate Forum header; Public lands symposium, Pilot Butte, Ethan Trewhitt.
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