• Your Oregon Stories for January 2021•

It's a new day, Friend.

With the first month of 2021 already more than halfway over, the real possibilities for the year are finally settling into place.

Here at 1000 Friends of Oregon, we're eagerly awaiting the start of the legislative long session, now just a few days away. There, we'll be working to advance a suite of bills related to wildfire, housing, transportation, agriculture, and more extensive and equitable public access to local land use processes (otherwise known as Goal 1 of Oregon's land use planning program). If you're a member of our Farmer Advisory Committee (FAC) or any of our regional Affiliates, keep an eye out for an invitation to attend our February 4th online legislative preview. If you're not already involved with our FAC or Affiliates, now would be a great time to get started.

This weekend, we're also kicking off our first-ever Willamette Valley Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI), and next weekend, we'll be kicking off a Portland Metro LULI as well. That means, for the next six months, we'll be busy creating more than 50 new land use leaders for Oregon. Congratulations to the incoming classes, and thank you to all of our program partners and sponsors!

 From now until March, we are also accepting applications for our one-of-a-kind paid Gerhardt Internship. For more than 35 years, this unique, hands-on experience has helped to kick-start dozens of careers in land use planning, public service, and more. It's also helped us to create some of our signature publications, including our recent farmland protection report, our current wildfire report, and our soon-to-be-released ranching report — keep an eye out for that one in February.

As always, all of this is made possible thanks to the generosity of our members and subscribers. Thank you for all you do for Oregon, and thank you for being a Friend!

Russ HoeflichExecutive Director


P.S. Please note that our offices remain closed while my staff and I remain fully accessible by phone and email from our home offices. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Say hello to our new board members!

Welcome, Nellie & Carol!

This past December, 1000 Friends was thrilled to welcome two phenomenal new board members: Nellie McAdams of Gaston and Carol Whipple of Elkton. We are so excited to have these deeply-rooted Oregonians on our team!

What's in store for Salem in 2021?

Legislative Session Coming Soon

After a slight delay due to safety & security concerns, the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session is now slated to launch in the coming week. 1000 Friends has a few bills in play, and dozens more that we're keeping an eye on.

Black Farmers Matter

Justice for Black Farmers

As we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day earlier this week, we reflected on Oregon's own racist history, including in farming and land ownership. As Oregon's leading land use nonprofit, we pledge to help right these historic wrongs.

ICYMI: Why Land Use Planning Matters

In Case You Missed It

You already know that Oregon is Oregon because of land use policy. But what makes ours so special? In case you missed this holiday email, take a moment to read up on why land use planning is Oregon's greatest gift.

1000 Friends of Oregon
133 SW 2nd Ave, Ste 201 | Portland, Oregon 97204
503.497.1000 | info@friends.org

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