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Dear friend,

It's already been a busy summer for 1000 Friends of Oregon and we're excited to share some big news with you in this month's Oregon Stories.

First, we look back at the 2015 legislative session and its wins, losses and draws on land use issues. Next, we ask, "What kind of state does Oregon want to be?" and hope you'll join us in welcoming two interns to our team!

Also, we're happy to announce we've launched a Food Systems Program, directed by Greg Holmes – read more about that exciting programatic work here.

Finally, we examine what housing affordability means for Oregonians and highlight the national buzz that earthquake preparedness is generating.
 We hope you enjoy our newsletter. As always, we appreciate your generous support.

Thank you for your passion,
The 1000 Friends of Oregon Team

P.S. We hope you'll join us on Tues., Aug. 11th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Eugene for a Behind-the-Scenes briefing about growth and development in the city. Join Mia Nelson, our Willamette Valley Advocate, and emerging land use advocates from our summer internship program to hear about upcoming and recent decisions that will shape Eugene for decades. RSVP today
To stay up-to-date about all of the latest 1000 Friends of Oregon happenings, be sure to check out our Events Page.

2015 Land Use Legislative Recap

The 2015 Oregon legislative session proved to be quite active on land use issues. 1000 Friends staff tracked more than 300 bills and testified on dozens of them. With your support, we were able to pass a few improvements and defeat many threats to the land use program. Click here for a brief summary of wins, losses and draws. To learn more about our work at the legislature, click here.  


What Kind of State Does Oregon Want to Be?

In Oregon, we know we want livable cities and protected farm and forests across the state. But, what kind of state does Oregon want to be? What kind of city does Portland want to be? Seattle recently wound up a fascinating work group called the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) that tackled similar questions. Alan During at Sightline highlights some of the findings. The heart of the proposal is that more housing is necessary for more affordability, and building housing near connected, downtown jobs is common sense. 


Leadership Spotlight:
Summer Interns!

Sunny summer days bring a lot of exciting opportunities for the 1000 Friends of Oregon team. We clean up trash along the Historic Columbia River Highway (our very own section of the Adopt-a-Highway program!), we enjoy re-localizing food at the Jackson County Fair through our Rogue Valley Food System Network, and we also welcome two new team members thanks to the continued support of the Paul Gerhardt, Jr. Internship and the Duke Engage Program. Click here to read about our new summer team members. We're sure you'll love them as much as we do!


Introducing: Food Systems Program

Since 1975, 1000 Friends of Oregon has been working with Oregonians to protect farmland so that it remains available for farming, and to facilitate the creation of cities, towns and neighborhoods that provide residents with access to the things they need for a quality life – including healthy, nutritious foods. We're excited to announce the creation of our Food Systems Program, directed by Greg Holmes, which will tie this work together in new ways through collaboration with community-based organizations throughout Oregon. Read more here


Homes in Oregon are Out of Reach 

Housing affordability has become a focal concern for many Oregonians. Across communities, finding an affordable place to live has become much more challenging in recent years. Cities throughout Oregon have reported historically low vacancy rates, while those looking to buy a home are seeing the highest list prices on record in Oregon. What makes housing affordable? Learn more here.


Planning for Natural Hazards

There has been a lot of buzz about natural hazards in Oregon since last week's New Yorker article and since wildfire season has begun in earnst. We are working hard in the interim between legislative sessions to raise awareness about natural hazards and to galvanize the legislature into action on getting the natural hazards goal (Goal 7) implemented in statute or rule.  


Land Use Trail 

Love Oregon? Share photos of what you love about this place with us! You can use the tag @1000Oregon on Twitter or Instagram, or email photos to amanda@friends.org.

Be inspired about Oregon and the benefits of land use at friends.org/trail
Visit the Land Use Trail.

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Oregon Stories is 1000 Friends' monthly e-newsletter, with updates on our work and important happenings across Oregon and the nation.

Photo credits
Header: Bryan Creek Vineyard
Legislative Recap: The Associated Press
People and Place: Amber Collett
Leadership Spotlight: Sam Diaz
Food Systems: Rouge Valley Food System Network
Fair Housing: Habitat for Humanity
Natural Hazards: KVAL.com