Today on the Land Use Trail: Sherman County Wheat

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, March 3: Sherman County’s wheat fields, a core economic driver of “The Land Between Two Rivers.”

Op-Ed: The Reserves Agreement and Oregon's Future

In an op-ed published March 14 on The Oregonian's website, 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner describes how the urban and rural reserves agreement emerged from a local government's failure, and why supporters of farmland should be prepared to defend it.

Daily Journal of Commerce: CRC's Demise Means Money for Delayed Projects

Over $116 million that would have simply paid for debt service on the Columbia River Crossing over the next two years can now be applied to important maintenance projects elsewhere, reports the Daily Journal of Commerce:

That is because $116.6 million that the state expects to receive in federal money – previously allocated to pay for two years of debt service on the CRC – could be reallocated to eight highway projects around the state, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said this week.

2014 Oregon Legislative Recap: 5 Key Takeaways for Land Use

This year's short legislative session was a typically wild ride in Salem. When legislators concluded their work on March 7, we emerged with big wins on some important topics, but also some key questions left unanswered. Here are our 5 key takeaways from this session.

New 1000 Friends Report Details Dangers of Columbia River Crossing

Oregon is at a pivotal moment in its transportation future. Will we proceed with a risky $2.8 billion-plus Columbia River Crossing project, with Oregon shouldering the whole burden? Our new report outlines the reasons to say "no."

Today on the Land Use Trail: Hood River Valley

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, January 13: The Hood River Valley, America's top pear producer and one of Oregon's most beautiful farming regions. 

Today on the Land Use Trail: Owyhee River Canyonlands

​We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, January 8: The Owyhee River Canyonlands, one of Oregon's most hidden gems.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Oswald West State Park

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, January 3Oswald West State Park, an emblem of Oregon’s century-long protections for its incomparable coast.

Celebrate, Anticipate: A Year in Review

It’s time for our traditional year-end compilation of things we’re celebrating from the year past, and things we’re watching in the year ahead. 2013 could stand as a pivotal year in Oregon’s land use history—but much of its ultimate importance will depend on what happens in 2014. The year ends with many accomplishments and threats left unresolved, and we will begin the new year quickly returning to them.

What's Under Your Tree?

Many Oregonians enjoy a tradition of going to a Christmas tree farm to find the perfect tree. But many don't know  that Oregon's Christmas tree industry is the nation's largest, with most trees exported across the country and world. We thought we'd celebrate this industry with an infographic.

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