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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a big deal for Oregon’s transportation future

While it feels like far longer than just a few months ago when President Biden signed the Federal Infrastructure Bill — also called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 — it was the largest single investment in infrastructure in over 40 years, including the largest ever allocations for transit funding, and for bridge maintenance and repair.

Douglas County legal decision protects big game habitat, prime forestland and farmland

In a win by 1000 Friends — representing Friends of Douglas County — for residents of Douglas County, the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) remanded a decision by the Douglas County Commission to essentially create a new type of zone through an ordinance that would allow for more development in areas of fire risk, big game habitat, and farm and forestland. 

2022 Legislative Wrap-up

Lasting only five weeks, Oregon’s 2022 Legislative Session packed a lot of action into a short amount of time.

2022 Legislative Review

The Oregon Legislature’s 2022 session opened on February 1 and will close by March 7. Traditionally, the “short” session is used to make technical changes to past legislation, handle emergency matters, and pass non-controversial legislation.

Oregon's first Black woman landowner defied all odds

For Black History Month this year, we take time to highlight an inspiring Oregon pioneer, Letitia Carson. She was a former slave, farmer, midwife, and the only Black woman to successfully make a land claim in Oregon under the Homestead Act of 1862.

Victory at Oregon Supreme Court protects 55 acres of farmland

The repeated attempts to expand the Aurora Airport’s runway onto farmland not only violates Oregon’s land use planning laws, but also wastes the public’s time and money. We hope this is the last we’ll be hearing about the expansion.