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Dear friend,

Summer has flown by! This August was a hot and dry one for Oregon, and our climate and fire crises have been dominating headlines (and we’ll talk about that, too). But first, in news you may have missed….

Agriculture Quarterly interviewed Governor Kate Brown as she discusses the future of agricultural land, jobs, and community in Oregon.
 
The Century Foundation created buzz this month after publishing an historic look at segregation and public policy. 1000 Friends of Oregon is addressing these issues through partnered work with anti-displacement PDX, among others.
 
We also review the work done in service of our 2014 Oregon Innovation Award to build public trust and engagement with underrepresented communities. High-School Junior, Josie Savaria-Waston, offers her insights on connecting to a new generation.
 
We hope you enjoy our newsletter. For receiving it, and reading to the bottom, you will also get our new feature as an added treat: “This month we learned…” 
where we will share funny, interesting, and overall lighthearted content that has been amusing the 1000 Friends team. 
 
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 September 26, from 2-4pm in Grants Pass. Learn more about our new Food System Program, and the innovative Rouge Valley Food System Network that connects the many threads of Oregon’s food system, from growing crops through waste management. 1000 Friends of Oregon is proud to be a part of this network, enabling farms and farmers to benefit even more from the land we work so hard to protect. Stay after for a meet and mingle with members of 1000 Friends Board of Directors. RSVP today! To stay up-to-date about all of the latest 1000 Friends of Oregon happenings, be sure to check out our Events Page.  

Wildfires and What That Means for Oregon  

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This has been a devastating fire season for the west. Dry, drought conditions leave our water resources limited and forests thirsty. Coupled with greater than average winds, 7 Western states have been overly challenged to meet the resource demand to battle intense and tricky flames. We at 1000 Friends are working diligently with the legislature to pass a bill that, among other things, will direct the Department of Land Conservation and Development to provide guidance to local governments on planning for earthquakes, flooding, and wildfires. This will help local governments plan accordingly for natural hazards. 

Agriculture Quarterly’s Interview with Governor Kate Brown

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 Governor Kate Brown spoke with Agriculture Quarterly about the state’s agricultural needs, and how her administration views the future of agriculture. To quote Gov. Brown, “Agriculture is Oregon’s number two industry in terms of economic impact, and our farms, nurseries, ranches, dairies, and fisheries employ tens of thousands of Oregonians. But it goes way beyond economics. The beauty and bounty of Oregon’s agricultural landscapes, and the values and culture they sustain in small communities throughout the state, are central to Oregon’s identity.”

Architecture of Segregation: Civil Unrest, the Concentration of Poverty, and Public Policy – a Century Foundation Report

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This report is a fascinating examination of the trends in populations and characteristics of neighborhoods in extreme poverty, as well as the policy choices that helped to construct this architecture of segregation. You may have been reading the news around this report as it relates to housing, income inequalityaccess to educationclimate impacts, and overall community connectedness, on a local and national level.
 
The report also offers suggestions of how these issues can be overcome. 1000 Friends of Oregon is proud to be working with community partners to push anti-displacement and equity
policies in the Portland-Metro region. With Oregon's unique planning framework, we can be national leaders in resolving these issues. Want to get involved, share your story in these local efforts, or learn even more? Contact us at share@friends.org with the header “Open City”.  

Connecting to a New Generation: Oregon Innovation Award Update

8-4 photo9JHigh School Junior, Josie Savaria-Watson, presenting at a brainstorm session with 1000 Friends and Metro.

Portland State University’s Center for Public Service designed the Oregon Innovation Award to recognize the pursuit of collaborative partnerships in Oregon’s public sector, which will focus on breakthrough innovations that serve the public good. In April 2015, 1000 Friends of Oregon and Metro received this award to support our work to conceive of and implement new ideas to build public trust. While this team focuses on building public trust with all community members, the project explicitly seeks to establish strong connections with low-income communities, youth, aging communities, communities of color, and people with disabilities. We are pleased to feature one of our youth participants’ thoughts on engaging her peers in policy decisions.

 

NEW FEATURE!

This Month we Learned…

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One-Star Yelp Reviews of National Parks are a Thing


Even our beloved Crater Lake got some flack.
 

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Photo credits
Header: Willamette Valley Agriculture by David Grant
Wildfire: Potter Fire, Bureau of Land Management  
Kate Brown: Douglas Fasching, GoLocalPDX
Architecture of Segregation: Portland Downtown View, NE PDX Parking Lots by Erin Hauer

Oregon Innovation Award: Josie Savaria-Watson by Sam Diaz
Crater Lake: By Mark Thomas