For the Deumling Family, Land Use Is a Way of Life

Sun, 12/16/2018 - 9:00am

As an Oregonian, I am so grateful for this time of year, when we wrap ourselves in scarves and sweaters, and gather around the hearth with loved ones. With the last leaves fallen, and the first snows laying thick across the Cascades, I am reminded once again of the incredible beauty and bounty of our beloved state, and especially of the connections between Oregon's forests and families like yours and mine.

Yamhill County restricts solar arrays on high value farmland

Meriel Darzen
Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:10pm
Solar Farm in Ontario, Canada by Invenergy, a solar developer looking to expand in Oregon.

Friends of Marion County fights massive festival planned on farmland

Alyson Marchi-Young
Sun, 04/29/2018 - 9:00pm
Aerial photo of the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville from Billy Newman Photo. 

Protecting Gimpl Hill: a community comes together

Hilliary Giglio
Sat, 07/01/2017 (All day)

What would you do if someone tried to pave 133 acres of forest habitat and family vineyards in your rural community for 19 sprawling residential lots? 
 
Bob Cattoche called 1000 Friends of Oregon.
 

Stop the Dump: 1000 Friends files an amicus brief

Meriel Darzen
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:30am

1000 Friends has filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief asking the Oregon Supreme Court to review a recent Court of Appeals decision that will impact farmland across the state. 

State law bars a non-farm use like a landfill from expanding onto farmland if the expansion will have "significant" impacts on area farms.  In approving an expansion of a local landfill on farmland, 

Mega Tollway Testimony

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:10pm

Dear Chair McKeown and Committee Members:

1000 Friends of Oregon opposes HB 3231. 1000 Friends of Oregon is a nonprofit, membership organization that works with Oregonians to support livable urban and rural communities; protect family farms, forests and natural areas; and provide transportation and housing choice. 

Westside Bypass: The Zombie Dinosaur

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:20pm

Why we don't need a freeway through farmland

The Westside Bypass Freeway was a dinosaur in the early 90s, when regional leaders wisely determined that transportation dollars could be better spent to move more people and freight by investing in transit, a grid street pattern, bicycling facilities, and walkable communities.  Instead of building an oversized and costly freeway through some of the world’s most valuable farm land, Washington County and Metro successfully implemented a more efficient, cost-effective, and integrated transportation and land use system.

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