Elk Lake stars by Jason Brown Lee  
 

Dear friend,

It's officially summer in Oregon, and along with the sun comes oodles of events that keep us exploring, learning, and celebrating this great state. To stay up-to-date about the latest 1000 Friends of Oregon happenings, be sure to check out our Events Page

In this month's Oregon Stories, we're celebrating the work of Anti-Displacement PDX and Vancouver BC's momentum towards becoming a climate smart community
We also chatted with the folks at the Westside Transportation Alliance about a new app, Commove, and Washington County transportation initiatives. Plus, if you're looking to add some land use knowledge to your summer reading list, we have three suggestions, and an exciting update about where to find the Rogue Valley Food System Network this summer. Lastly, we'll take a closer look at natural hazards since we're in the midst of wildfire season. We hope you enjoy our newsletter. As always, we appreciate your generous support.


Thank you for your passion,
The 1000 Friends of Oregon Team

Well done, Vancouver!

Ensuring that every neighborhood – no matter the size of the city or town – is walkable and bikeable, has diverse and affordable housing choices, and has an appropriate level of transit, saves residents money, saves taxpayer dollars, and saves the environment. And Vancouver BC has shown this can be achieved! Today, nearly 50% of all trips in Vancouver are on foot, on bike, or in a bus, and households spend just 12.4 percent of their budgets on transportation – the least of any North American City! How did they do it? Find out here
Vancouver BC

 

Land Use Summer Reading List

Wherever your summer vacation plans may take you, here are three books hitting the shelves this summer that may help you gain a deeper appreciation for the work of land use planning in Oregon. The stories take you along the Oregon Trail, along transit rails and sidewalks, and to a multi-generational family farm far from the Pacific Northwest. See the whole list here

Child reading by waterfall. Image by Julie Falk.

Leadership Spotlight:
Westside Transportation Alliance

Sam Diaz, our Community Engagement Coordinator, recently sat down with Jenny Cadigan, Executive Director of Westside Transportation Alliance and Ra-Leigh Stark, Program Manager, to chat about Commove, a newly unveiled app, Washington County transportation challenges and next steps for the organization. Read the full spotlight here.

 Commove

Join us at the Jackson County Fair

Last November our Southern Oregon Advocate Greg Holmes was part of a panel discussion in Medford introducing the Rogue Valley Food System Network and some of their projects to the public. The event was well attened, and the disussion was taped for broadcast on local television. As a result of that event, the Network was invited to take over an entire pavilion at this year's Jackson County Fair! Come see us July 22–26 as we focus on the region's food security, opportunities to support local farmers, and ways to preserve the rich farmlands in the Rogue Valley.

 Children sample tomatoes at the fair

Anti-Displacement PDX 

Since January, we've been working with a growing number of community based oranizations, housing, public health, and equity advocates to ask, 'How will Portland develop in the next 20 years? Who gets to call Portland home in the future?' This ad hoc coalition advocates to include anti-displacement tools in Portland's comprehensive plan that will help make Portland neighborhoods stable. Learn more about the work of Anti-Displacement PDX and our 11 point policy platform.

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Planning for Natural Hazards

What do you get when you mix drought, high temperatures, and dry thunderstorms? An early start to wildfire season, unfortunately. We are still working on HB 2633A – it's currently in the Ways and Means committee to determine funding. Contact your legislator today and voice your support for HB 2633A. It's an uphill battle, but natural hazards are a matter of life and death, and certainly worth the fight. Stay up-to-date about our work on HB 2633A here

 Oregon Drought 
 

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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: Jason Brown Lee
Climate Smart: Markyeg/Flickr
People and Place: Julie Falk/Flickr 
Leadership Spotlight: Westside Transportation Alliance
Food Systems: Rogue Valley Food System Network
Fair Housing: Pam Phan
Natural Hazards: National Drought Mitigation Center