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Dear Friend,

Happy Holidays from 1000 Friends of Oregon! But before you get fully into the holiday season, we have some pretty big things to share with you.
This December, we reflect on a remarkable year and look forward to the next one: 2017 is gearing up to be a jam-packed year for Oregon.
We are thrilled to introduce our Interim Executive Director, Lynn Peterson, and Meriel Darzen gives us a recap of her first six months working as the Circuit Rider with 1000 Friends, protecting forest and farmlands around the state (she's been busy)!
We also give 1000 Friends members a preview of the big issues heading into next year’s legislative session, and we explore how changes in population forecasting procedures may help further protect Urban Growth Boundaries.
Finally, we celebrate the receipt of significant grant support from Meyer Memorial Trust for 1000 Friends and partners in support of the next edition of the Regional Equity Atlas. 

This year, you have been on quite the journey with us, from legislative wins and legal victories to community building and civic engagement. We hope you’ll join us again next year.
Thank you for your passion,
The 1000 Friends Team
P.S. It’s not too late to support 1000 Friends this year! Plus, a generous supporter is matching up to $2,500 in gifts through Willamette Week Give!Guide by NEW members this December. We have just $440 left to raise to meet this match. Help spread the word, or donate today! 


Update from the Circuit
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Hello from snowy Bend! Six months ago I began work as the Circuit Rider Staff Attorney for 1000 Friends. In this short time I have met people from all over the state and worked on many interesting land use issues. As the Circuit Rider, it is my job to monitor land use actions that impact rural lands, including farm and forestlands, and make sure that counties are applying state land use law in a way that upholds the intent of the Statewide Land Use Goals. I also work closely with the 1000 Friends Farmers Advisory Committee to advocate for better land use protections for working farms. Here is an overview of what I’ve been up to so far:

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Right-Sizing Population Forecasts
& what this means for UGB's in OregonPopulation CCommons American Fact Finder via census.govYear after year, 1000 Friends opposes persistent legislative efforts to weaken Oregon’s land use protections. Often, the best outcome one can hope for is preservation of what we already have; only rarely is the program significantly strengthened. That’s why the 2013 passage of House Bill 2253, which created a statewide population forecasting system, was such an important victory for us, and for Oregon. 

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2017 Legislative PreviewLegislative_CCommons_Mark Goebel

The 2017 Oregon Legislative session takes off in February, and 1000 Friends of Oregon will be working to pass several legislative proposals of statewide importance, impacting both rural and urban areas. So far, it looks like the major items up for consideration at the Legislature will be: Transportation funding, working farm & forestlands, and defending Oregon’s land use system. 

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Equity Atlas 3.0
$95,000 awarded to the re-launch of this mapping tool
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On behalf of the Regional Equity Atlas project team, 1000 Friends of Oregon is proud to announce that Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded $95,000 toward the development of the next iteration of the Regional Equity Atlas! The work of creating the next Regional Equity Atlas - what we've sometimes taken to calling the "3.0" edition - is led by a transition team comprising 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Coalition of Communities of ColorEcoTrust, and Futurewise.

Regional Equity Atlas, originally developed by the Coalition for a Livable Future, uses maps, policy analysis, and community-based research to promote widespread opportunity for a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable Portland metro region. The Atlas is also the most trusted tool available in Oregon to display and analyze the geography of opportunity and investment. The atlas helps us answer the critical question: Who in our community has access to our exceptional quality of life, and who is still being left out?

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This Month We....

Andy C - Courtesy Oregon Walks

Say a big “congratulations” to Oregon Walks for all of their excellent work! Oregon Walks has grown from the all-volunteer Willamette Pedestrian Coalition to the effective and respected advocate for safe and accessible walking throughout the Portland metropolitan region - as was so evident at its recent annual Weston Awards event.  And, a big congratulations to the Oregon Walks 2016 Weston Legacy Award winner, Andy Cotugno, recently retired from Metro, where he lead the effort to integrate land use and transportation planning to create really great communities. 

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Introducing Lynn Peterson
We are thrilled to announce that Lynn Peterson, Senior Policy Advisor with Smart Growth America, will be serving as our Interim Executive Director.

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Give!Guide Party at Patagonia

It’s that time of year again, the Give!Guide has included 1000 Friends yet again! We are happy to renew our partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland and the Wild Salmon Center for a fun evening of giving at Patagonia Portland on December 20 from 7-9pm. Food, beer, games, prizes, and 40% off Patagonia gear - all for good causes in our community! 



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2017 Gala 

Join 1000 Friends on March 18, 2017 at the Exchange Ballroom for our annual fundraising dinner. This exquisite evening brings together passionate land use advocates from around the state to celebrate all
the things that make Oregon so remarkable.  

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Weigh in on OR's Transportation Priorities

Speaker Kotek has an Oregon transportation survey that will help inform Oregon's 2017 transportation investment package at the legislature this year. It's only 7 questions and will have a big impact!  

Take the Survey


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Photo Credits:

Cover: Taishan by Evan, Creative Commons; Body: Circuit update, Jeff Muceus, Creative Commons; Legislative Preview, Mark Goebel, Creative Commons; Population Forecasting, by Madeline Kovacs via American FactFinder on census.gov, 12.21.16; Equity Atlas, courtesy Coalition for a Livable Future; This Month We…Andy Cotungo courtesy of Oregon Walks; Side Panel: Lynn Peterson courtesy of Lynn Peterson; Give!Guide courtesy Willamette Week; Gala, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Transportation, 'Otherworld Transport' by Ian Sane, Creative Commons.

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