1000 Friends of Oregon
1000 Friends of Oregon is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for sustainable communities, protection of farmland and forests, and conservation of natural areas and resources in the US state of Oregon with a focus on land-use planning. It was established in 1975, following the creation of Oregon's statewide land use system in 1973 by then-governor Tom McCall and attorney Henry Richmond. By 1994, the organization had about 2,500 contributors and supporters. Richmond served as the organization's first executive director. During the 1980s, one of the group's ongoing activities was fighting what it saw as improper land-use by the rapidly growing community of Rajneeshpuram, created in a rural part of central Oregon by the followers of the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
The group's current work falls into three broad categories: advocating for vibrant, climate-friendly communities and neighborhoods, promoting Oregon's rural economy through policy and planning with the New Face of Farming initiative, and an effort to foster future leadership in Oregon's land use community. The group carries out this work through its Portland headquarters and three regional offices, working statewide with cities and counties and at the Oregon legislature.
Measures 37 and 49
The group strongly opposed Measure 37, a controversial land-use ballot initiative passed by Oregon voters in 2004. 1000 Friends brought litigation in 2005 that led to Measure 37's being ruled unconstitutional by a circuit court, but the ruling was later overturned by the Oregon Supreme Court. The organization then advocated, successfully, for the passage of 2007's Measure 49, which limited the impacts of Measure 37.
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- 1000 Friends of Oregon (official website)
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