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Dear friend,

It’s cooling down this September, and we are loving the beautiful fall transition. But even as we cool down, September was heating up with social activism for renters’ rights and fair housing access, the celebration of harvest season, and a super rare, super moon. In more news you should know about….

Code changes could increase the number of Accessory Dwelling Units in Oregon, helping with our housing crunch and adding value for property owners.
 
New
wood-based building materials are being touted for strength and sustainability. Is cross-laminated timber the next revolution in construction?
 

Sage grouse were not listed on the endangered species list, and Oregonians are mixed on the result. Our next step is to work collaboratively with conservationists, land-owners, and ranchers (among others) to protect the land, the species, and livelihoods.   


We hope you enjoy our newsletter. And remember, for receiving it, and reading to the bottom, you will also get our new feature as an added treat: “This month we learned…”
 
 As always, we appreciate your 
generous support.
 
Thank you for your passion,
The 1000 Friends of Oregon Team
 
P.S. Please join us for our next McCall Speaker Series on October 18, from 4-6pm at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. In partnership with Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, we are proud to present “Your Land, My Land: Using and Preserving Oregon’s Natural Resources,” with PSU Professor Veronica Dujon.  Oregonians are known for a fierce sense of independence and a rugged individuality, qualities long associated with natural resource vocations such as logging, fishing, farming, and ranching. The state is also known for its progressive environmental policies. Our sense of connection to a place informs our values and approaches to conflict over resource and land use in our communities.
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Code Changes Could Boost ADU’s

Our need to accommodate a growing population means we also need better housing strategies. Portland and other cities could adopt a number of ideas that provide more affordable housing options and better meet the diverse housing needs of people. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are increasingly popular and provide a very compatible option in established neighborhoods. They help meet the housing needs of young people, older people, and 1-2 people families. We support efforts by Portland and other cities to make ADUs and other creative housing options easier to build. 
  
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Example of an ADU over a garage 

Cross-laminated timber, new material for high-rise construction

A 12-story wood building? The first question that comes to mind is “how?” Answer: with engineered panels that are as strong as concrete and steel. The next question is “why?” Answer: timber jobs, manufacturing jobs, and it’s green when done right.
 

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Sage grouse avoid an Endangered Species listing, and Oregon avoids lawsuits

After years of evaluation, the Department of the Interior decided not to list the sage grouse as an endangered species. Rather than rely on federal law to recover the bird’s declining population, the Secretary of the Interior cited state and local land use plans as the most promising route to recovery of viable populations of grouse. Many had warned that the sage grouse could be the spotted owl of Eastern Oregon - meaning an endangered species listing that bears the blame for challenging the economic underpinning of the region. Within three days of the decision, our neighboring states of Idaho and Nevada saw the state legislature and county commissions suing the federal government over these land use plans. But in Oregon, where we have a history of statewide planning, tempers were calmer and at the time of this printing we have avoided lawsuits over the sage grouse. Far from a source of litigation, the land use planning program gave Oregon the basis on which collaboration was built.

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A renters ‘state of emergency’ is fighting to keep Portlanders in their homes

1000 Friends is a proud member of Anti-Displacement PDX, understanding that a strong land use program must include the fair provision of development for housing that is affordable at all income levels, especially to those with less ability to pay. We are honored to partner with the Community Alliance of Tenants to encourage the City of Portland to take decisive action to curb the displacement of renters.

As a community we've vetted solutions. Now it’s the City Council’s turn to make an equitable Portland possible by
passing anti-displacement measures in Portland’s Comprehensive Plan, and supporting strong renter protections.

 
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Pam Phan attended demonstrations in September. Her photos are included on Anti-Displacement PDX's Facebook page.

It’s time for the Fall Harvest in Oregon, and people are celebrating!

Even our solar system was on board for the festivities, creating a stunning, and rare, Super Moon Eclipse. Did you see it?  If you missed some of the great activities in September, don’t worry because there is more to come in October. So grab a seasonal hoppy pint or a glass of your favorite local wine, and enjoy the season.
 
Want to learn more about food and farming in Oregon? Head to one of the
American Farmland Trust’s listening sessions around the state. 1000 Friends is honored to co-host the Southern Oregon listening session. 

 

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And finally,

This month we learned....

How to determine if we are gentrifying in our own neighborhoods. This handy online calculator will tell you how your income stacks up to the community average. According to The Onion, the next step in neighborhood developments – Aristocratization.
 

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Photo credits
Header: Super Blood Moon by Jason Brownlee
Irvington ADU: Radcliffe Dacanay
Cross-laminated timber: Murray Grove Building by Ben Scicluna
Sage grouse: In a field from USDA and facing sun by Wayne Chadwick 
Renters SOS: Pam Phan
Haines Harvest Festival: Baker County Tourism
Gentrified Donuts: David Ryan