Commons Convergence

Oregon's Commons are the physical and cultural assets that belong to all of us.

Event Date: 
Sat, 05/07/2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Legislative Session Half Over: Where Do We Stand?

The 2011 session has reached the halfway point. Bills not scheduled for a public hearing and/or work session by last Friday are now officially ‘dead.’

Study Demonstrates Success and Challenges Protecting Oregon Resource Lands Since 1974

Craig Beebe, 1000 Friends of Oregon Communications Intern
Wed, 03/16/2011 (All day)

A study released in January reveals that Oregon’s land use planning system has had a great deal of success in protecting private forest, farm, and range land from development.

Oregon Active Transportation Summit

Biking and walking activists converge on Salem for the Oregon Active Transportation Summit March 29-30, for two days of learning, networking, and lobbying legislators to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives in Oregon communities.

Conference speakers and panelists on the 29th include Andy Clark of the League of American Bicyclists; Lynn Peterson, transportation advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber; and Scott Bricker of America Walks. The 30th is a lobby day at the Capitol.

Event Date: 
Tue, 03/29/2011 (All day) - Wed, 03/30/2011 (All day)

Oregon Agriculture Remains Essential to Oregon Economy

Craig Beebe, 1000 Friends Communications Intern

Last week saw some important news emerge regarding agriculture’s vital role in Oregon’s economy, highlighting its current significance as well as the need to protect its long-term viability.

Advocates Defend Citizen Participation in Land Use Appeals

An overflow crowd packed a Capitol hearing room on February 15 to oppose three bills that would severely impact ordinary citizens’ ability to fight improper land use decisions.

The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on HB 2181, HB 2182 and HB 2610, each of which would undermine citizen access to the Land Use Board of Appeals. These bills seem specifically designed to make it harder to challenge bad development decisions made at the local level.

Study Shows How Sprawl Attracts Sprawl

Craig Beebe, 1000 Friends Communications Intern


A new study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association confirms what many have long suspected: the development of one subdivision on farmland at the urban fringe is highly correlated with the development of additional subdivisions. Or as some have put it, sprawl begets sprawl.

Marion County Judge Strikes Down Measure 37 Claim Near Salem

Eric Mortenson
The Oregonian
Mon, 12/13/2010 (All day)

After years of determined struggle by conservation activists including 1000 Friends of Marion County, a Marion County judge has finalized her reversal of a prior decision by the Marion County Commission allowing developers to proceed with plans for the Ridgeview Estates subdivision in the South Salem Hills, writes Eric Mortenson of The Oregonian.

1000 Friends Holiday Party Honors Innovators

Craig Beebe, 1000 Friends Communications Intern

On a drizzly Thursday evening, December 2, several dozen supporters and honorees of 1000 Friends gathered in the warm glow of Northwest Portland's Lovejoy Bakers to celebrate another great year and to honor several of the next generation's leaders in conservation and organizing.

2010 HLA Conference

The Road Home: The Intersection of Transportation and Affordable Housing

2010 Housing Land Advocates Conference
The U.S.
Event Date: 
Thu, 10/07/2010 - 8:30am - 4:15pm
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