Today on the Land Use Trail: Helvetia

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, May 6: Helvetia, a unique but threatened farming region just beyond the edge of Oregon’s largest metro area.

VIDEO: "Conserving Oregon's Environment": A Talk with Michael McCloskey

From bottles and beaches, to protecting farmland and forests, Oregon's environmental legacy speaks volumes. On April 17 in Salem, Mike McCloskey, a former executive director of the Sierra Club, spoke about his new book on that legacy as part of our McCall Society Speaker Series. 

Photo Essay: One Thing We Know About 2064

It is extraordinarily hard to predict the future. When we look 50 years ahead to what the Portland region will look like, can we realistically expect to recognize any of the things we see today? Well, actually, we believe the answer is yes. Our new photo essay explains why.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Curry County Lily Fields

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, April 17: The lily fields of Curry County, where much of the nation's supply of a unique but valuable crop is grown.

Today on the Land Use Trail: "Ranch under the Rimrock"

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, March 3: Ranch Under the Rimrock, Governor Tom McCall’s childhood home in the desert of Crook County.

Op-Ed: Land Use Still Works

"Farmers can farm, and builders can build," writes 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner. "Each plays a vital role in Oregon's future." Read his op-ed published recently by the Portland Tribune, Hillsboro Tribune, and Newberg Graphic.

Four Questions for a Conservation Champion: Mike McCloskey

Few people know conservation history as well as Mike McCloskey. This is true in part because he just wrote a book on the topic, but more to the point—because he has lived it.

Photo Essay: A Shared State

What do you share? After Airbnb's recent declaration of Portland as a "Shared City", we got to thinking: what does "sharing" mean when it comes to a place? Ultimately, Oregon promises something much bigger. We are a "Shared State." 

Avoiding Disaster: Lessons from the Washington Landslide

The recent landslide tragedy on Washington's Stillaguamish River, in which several dozen people perished, has many people concerned about landslide risks here in Oregon. Fortunately, land use planning can help avoid putting more homes in harm's way.

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.”

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