It's that time of year when Oregonians all seem to head outside. Relaxing at the coast, hiking the trails, paddling the rivers, tending to gardens, grilling in the backyard, or just enjoying a quick lunch break in a city park—whatever your outdoor pleasure, I hope you're getting plenty of of it. The staff and board of 1000 Friends recently enjoyed a day of fun in the sun when we gathered at the lovingly-restored Mount Hood Town Hall (a 100-year-old schoolhouse), visited the pear and apple orchards at McCarthy Family Farm (that's their classic red barn pictured above), and toured some truly beautiful (and affordable!) recent housing developments in Hood River with our partners at THRIVE.
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A Wild Path to Victory
The last few weeks of the Oregon legislative session almost fell apart, but in two whirlwind days, the chaos and controversy abated, the session revived, and all sorts of legislation came to the floor. Among the 11th-hour votes? Only the most progressive statewide housing bill in America! What else happened?
Every summer, we host an exceptional student for several months of intensive, hands-on learning through our Gerhardt Internship. Last year's project by Ashlee Fox (check out A New Vision for Wildfire Planning) was such a success that this year, we just had to have more.
You're invited to our biggest celebration of the year! The 2019 McCall Gala and presentation of the 2019 Tom McCall Legacy Award takes place this September at the Oregon Zoo. View the invitation and be sure to save your seat—this event sells out every year, and ticket prices increase September 1st.
At 1000 Friends, we're committed to ensuring the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness of Oregon's land use system. That's why we've created a new position, and we're hiring! Could you or someone you know be our first-ever Environmental and Health Equity Manager?