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Alyson Marchi-Young
Thu, 03/29/2018 (All day)
Rajneeshee cameramen at Rajneeshpuram, following staff visiting their then City Hall.

Who would have guessed that Netflix series prompts 1000 Friends to dive into the archives? Two weeks ago, we wouldn’t have. With the series Wild Wild Country on Netflix, a fresh new look at a fascinating piece of Oregon history is now captivating a new generation. With twists and turns, Wild Wild Country explores the rise and fall of the Rajneeshee movement to Oregon. In the early 80s, followers of an Indian spiritual leader,...

Greg Holmes
Thu, 05/24/2018 (All day)

Strong local food systems can provide fresh, healthy food to urban communities as well as jobs for agricultural workers. The foundation of a strong local food system is the preservation of agricultural lands for farming and ranching. Preservation of urban-edge agricultural lands also creates green space and helps spark demand for new urban development in the right places.


 
1000 Friends 2013 LULI Cohort tour suburban development on...
Alyson Marchi-Young
Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:30pm

For years 1000 Friends of Oregon and Save Helvetia have teamed up to protect the amazing farmland in Washington County’s Helvetia area, just north of Hillsboro. This diverse farming community is home to vineyards, tree farms, fruit orchards, and lavender fields, just to name a few. Helvetia has long been on the edge of urban development given its proximity to more urbanized cities in the Portland-Metro area. However, its high quality farming lands and rich agricultural and cultural history have inspired the community to fight to preserve the landscape. Save Helvetia is an active organizing group whose mission is to advance policies, leaders, and actions that protect...

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

Yamhill County Board of Commissioners voted yesterday to change the county zoning ordinance to restrict commercial solar installations on high-value farmland soils. The decision is not a complete ban on solar; rather, commercial solar arrays would still be allowed on lower-class soils. Instead, according to Yamhill...

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. 

In its tenth year, the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival is looking to relocate to a new, bigger venue. After years in Brownsville, the four-day festival, which sees around 25,000 attendees per day, has outgrown its location and worn out the local residents’ patience. So says Friends of Marion County President, Roger Kaye. The Bi-Mart Festival planners...

Greg Holmes
Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:00pm

Through good times and economic downturns, agriculture is consistently one of the strongest sectors in Oregon’s economy. That success depends entirely on our protecting Oregon’s family farmers and the land that they need to do their work.

1000 Friends of Oregon has a long history of working within Oregon’s pioneering land use program to protect that land from incompatible uses so that farmers have it available. But long-term success is not just about having the right types land in the right places, which is why we have also worked for decades to help farmers succeed economically so that they face fewer pressures to convert their lands to other uses. But this work is bigger than any single...

Hilliary Giglio
Wed, 03/28/2018 (All day)

 

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Press Release with CRAG, Willamette Riverkeeper, 1KF
Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:15pm

March 14, 2018 (St. Helens, OR)—Columbia Riverkeeper filed an appeal today challenging Columbia County’s second attempt to open 837 acres of high-value agricultural land along the Columbia River to industrial development. 1000 Friends of Oregon, Oregon’s statewide land use watchdog, is joining Riverkeeper’s appeal. The Port of St. Helens proposes doubling the size of its rural Port Westward property for fracked gas-to-methanol refineries, oil-by-rail, and other industrial development. Hundreds of people, including local farmers and small business owners, urged the county to protect farmland and salmon habitat from fossil fuel and other heavy industrial development.

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