What an amazing state, Friend.
With wildflower season in full swing this Memorial Day weekend, there's no denying the natural beauty of Oregon. All the more reason to take some time this month to reflect on the incredible legacy of Senate Bill 100, signed into law 48 years ago this weekend by Governor Tom McCall. In the words of the bill itself, the purpose of SB 100 is "to assure the highest possible level of livability in Oregon." Indeed, without Oregon's unique and powerful land use planning program, we'd see far more sprawl, and fewer acres of wildflowers—and farms and forests and wild places—in Oregon today. Life in Oregon is better because of SB 100.
It's been a long and fruitful spring for land use planning in Oregon, and for 1000 Friends of Oregon. If you read Oregon Stories last month, you know we've just kicked off our new Four-Year Strategic Plan. We've also had some recent legal victories, including assisting our affiliate group Thrive Hood River with finally putting an end to a years-long attempt to develop a controversial concert venue in rural, quiet Dee. With only a month to go, the long legislative session is yielding numerous successes for housing, wildfire protections, public participation in land use planning processes, and more. Follow us on Facebook to get day-by-day updates, and be sure to keep an eye out for action alerts to help us carry some of our remaining priorities over the finish line. You can plan to get a full session debrief from us later this summer, after the session has wrapped.
As always, our accomplishments are possible because of you. Thank you, Friend. You're the reason we do what we do. From everyone at 1000 Friends of Oregon, Happy Memorial Day, and see you in June.
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.