About Us

1000 Friends of Oregon works with Oregonians to enhance quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural areas.

Oregon’s 241 towns and cities are separated from our vast wild and working lands by real lines, called Urban Growth Boundaries. That means the livability (and lovability) of the 800,000 acres that make up our urban areas plays a big role in protecting and preserving the other 61.3 million acres of Oregon’s environment, including our farms and forests.

At 1000 Friends of Oregon, we work every day to maintain that balance.

In Oregon, we take care of our smart, strong, statewide land use system and 19 land use goals that have guided us for 50 years. It’s why things look and feel so different here, and what 1000 Friends was founded to uphold. No other nonprofit does what we do. Join us in our mission to maintain Oregon’s unique balance of working lands, wonderful communities, and wild places.

View our 2021-2025 strategic roadmap