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Two staff promotions celebrating our land use advocates Greg and Brett!

These promotions recognize years of hard work, dedication, and ongoing commitment to a strong and healthy land use planning program. Greg will now be our Working Lands Director, and Brett will fill the role of Transportation Director and Legislative Manager. Please join us in congratulating Brett and Greg, and read on to learn what these changes mean for us at 1000 Friends.

Despite concerns, $1 billion in general funds allocated to Interstate Bridge replacement

Oregon lawmakers passed significant funding for the I-5 Bridge Replacement Program, diverting general fund dollars that support critical programs like higher education and affordable housing. While we support replacing the bridge with a seismically safe structure that expands transportation options, the funding passed at the end of session creates just as many questions as answers.

Millersburg renews efforts to expand UGB into critical farmland area

After recent advocacy from the Linn County community helped save 163 acres of prime farmland in Millersburg, the city is now renewing its effort to convert the productive land to industrial use in a UGB land swap – this time taking their application straight to DLCD.

2023 Legislative Roundup

An unprecedented session with the longest walkout in Oregon history, the 2023 legislative session started out big, stalled out for six weeks, and then ended with a flurry of bills passing, often in thematic packages, as work whittled down to the last hours before Sine Die. 1000 Friends still helped pass many good bills, especially in the housing realm, plus we stopped a big last-minute attempt to undermine our UGB system.

Opinion: Funding for I-5 bridge replacement must move forward

Oregon has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to leverage federal infrastructure funding to envision and deliver an I-5 bridge replacement project that reflects the community’s priorities ­–but that opportunity is in jeopardy. Any chance for funding this session now relies on its inclusion in a broader budget bill. But with the walkout of some senators, this path is uncertain at best.

Help us encourage the legislature to increase the resiliency of Oregon’s farms, ranches, and forestlands

With the gridlock in Salem caused by the walkout of some senators, we risk losing broadly supported, incentive-based bills that use limited federal funding to help Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, and forestland managers be more resilient to drought and climate change. Together, this group of bills would establish voluntary programs for willing managers of working lands in Oregon.

Another LULI cohort graduates

Our state now has more than two dozen new land use leaders who will take the tenets of a strong, protective land use program and apply them in their diverse fields of work. These Oregonians join a network of LULIs across the state who better understand how the land use planning program impacts issues they care about.

LEGAL WIN | Court of Appeals rules against loophole allowing hotels on farmland

1000 Friends, in partnership with Friends of Yamhill County, recently won a case that prevents misuse of the home occupation statute to build hotels on Yamhill County farmland. The ruling, at the Oregon Court of Appeals, is important to safeguarding our farmland across the state, where our land use system consistently protects our farms from being picked apart, and their land diverted for unintended, non-farm activities.