Scott Hilgenberg, Rural Lands Legislative Attorney


Scott Hilgenberg serves as the Rural Lands Legislative Attorney for 1000 Friends of Oregon. Scott is part of the Rural Lands team, and focuses on guiding development of land use legislative and rulemaking agendas on issues of farm, forest, and natural resources. He advocates for progressive land use policies, defends against threats to rural land protections, and engages in strategic litigation in support of 1000 Friends' policy goals. Scott works with local activists and affiliates by providing technical assistance on local and state-wide land use issues.

Scott holds a bachelor's degree in Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark Law School. Scott has a variety of professional land use experiences in the non-profit and private sectors and is also the former staff attorney for Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use Section.

As Governor Tom McCall famously said, "Oregon is an inspiration." For Scott, he is continually inspired by the people that make up Oregon, and their passion for natural resource protection and community involvement. Scott appreciates the variety of Oregon's landscapes, but can frequently be found escaping Portland for a coastal hike. Outside of Oregon, he enjoys visiting the Great Lakes and the deserts of Southern California. In his free time, Scott enjoys open water swimming, yoga and camping.