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A lawsuit and legislation to backtrack on Great Communities? Not on our watch.

For the past several years, 1000 Friends worked with partners across the state to urge the Land Conservation and Development Commission to adopt a set of streamlined land use policies to encourage more housing, especially more affordable housing, and more transportation options to create more equitable communities and address climate pollution. They’re under attack. Here’s the latest...

Millersburg farmers fight harmful land swap

In a great testament to citizen activism, farmers scored an important victory on the path to stopping a harmful land swap that would bring 163 acres of prime farmland into the Millersburg Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) in exchange for a 167.46-acre tract of industrially-zoned land that would be removed from the UGB.

Oregon’s tech: Where could it land?

Last month, 1000 Friends of Oregon and Save Helvetia hosted a community panel and discussion on “Oregon’s Tech: Where Could it Land?” at the stunning Ponzi Vineyards fireplace room in Washington County. We heard from panelists about the work of the Oregon Semiconductor Competitiveness Task Force, and problems and solutions around one of the Task Force’s focuses: industrial land availability and readiness. Panelists sparked a lively conversation about challenges and opportunities to position Oregon as a competitive state for investments in chip manufacturing, research, and development authorized under the federal CHIPS and Science Act 2022. 

Launching our Land Use Lawyering Ladder and two new Friends!

While we view litigation as a tool of last resort, it’s an activity that is core and critical to protecting our people and planet. To make sure we do this effectively, we recruit and support our talented and committed attorneys. It’s not often we write about the administrative improvements we make for our team, so we’re shining a light on one of these improvements now: our Land Use Lawyering Ladder.  The Land Use Lawyering Ladder achieves multiple goals to make sure we’re taking care of our attorneys and encouraging the land use attorneys of tomorrow to take up the cause...

Undoing urban growth boundary isn’t the answer to our housing crisis

We don’t need to compromise our principles and sacrifice farms and forestlands to development to confront the housing crisis. Read our op-ed, co-written with Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro and Community Alliance of Tenants, and published in the Oregonian on Sunday, December 4th.

Inclusionary housing and why it matters to all Oregonians

By 2035, city planners estimate that Portland’s population will add more than 100,000 new households. Without strong housing policies in place, that growth will lead to an even larger homelessness crisis and threaten our farmland and natural areas through subdivision expansions. Here's what we're doing about it.


LULI comes to Central Oregon

Since 2012, our innovative Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) program has graduated over 200 Oregonians with the knowledge and skills to shape their local communities through effective land use planning. So it was only a matter of time and resources before we launched a LULI in Central Oregon, guiding 27 advocates to mastery on key issues like wildfire, drought, and housing through the lens of land use policy...

Sandy Wright: the exit interview

After seeing up close how the environmental consultancies she worked for mainly helped their customers “skirt the laws and do as little as possible,” Sandy Wright knew something had to change. So twenty years ago, she left her industry to use her knowledge of regulations and her skills in communication to conserve and protect the Oregon she loved, capping her career as our Chief Philanthropy Officer for the last five years. “With 1000 Friends of Oregon, I found a bigger tool to help save our land.” 1000 Friends Executive Director Sam Diaz sat down with Sandy to ask what drives her and what her next chapter might hold.