Our Impact

Ruling in Josephine County protects 90 acres of forestland from development

In a win for 1000 Friends of Oregon and Rogue Advocates, the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) ruled against Josephine County’s request to turn about 90 acres of forestland into a residential subdivision.

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Ruling in Lake County determines that junkyards are not allowed on agricultural lands

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) has ruled that junkyards are not an appropriate use of agricultural land. 1000 Friends of Oregon represented petitioners in their fight against Lake County over the County’s decision to allow a junkyard and auto wrecking yard on farmland. 

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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. 

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Appeals Board rules to protects high-value farmland, clean water, and salmon habitat in the Lower Columbia

1000 Friends of Oregon, Columbia Riverkeeper and farmers at Port Westward celebrated a decision by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) that maintains protections for 837 acres of high-value farmland in the midst of prime salmon habitat.

Aurora Airport
Oregon Supreme Court decision protects 55 acres of farmland

This huge land use victory was reached in the ongoing legal battle over the proposed expansion of the Aurora Airport’s runway.

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1000 Friends and affiliate defeat proposal to pave over farmland

Thanks to legal help from 1000 Friends, Friends of Marion County defeated an ill-advised proposal to pave over rich farmland in Marion County with a sprawling, low-density subdivision.

Challenging the Columbia River industrial port expansion

1000 Friends of Oregon and Columbia Riverkeeper filed a legal challenge to Columbia County’s controversial decision to rezone over 830 acres of prime farmland and wetlands for heavy industrial development along the Columbia River.

Victory in Polk County Preserves 228 Acres of Farmland

Applicants wanted the Polk County Commissioners to rezone over 200 acres of farmland from Exclusive Farm Use to zoning that would allow small-acre residential developments.

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Our fight for equitable civic engagement

In the 2021 legislative session, we authored HB 2560, which passed with bi-partisan support. HB 2560 ensures any individual will be able to attend hearings and provide valuable input, in a comfortable environment.