"People and the Land" is a collaboration between the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and Portland State University. The goal of this project is to document and preserve a record of Oregon’s land use program through the recording, transcription, collection and archiving of personal oral histories.
The project is intended to enable Oregon’s statewide planning agency to make a significant, abiding contribution to the body of literature that records and analyzes the politics, policy, and practices that make Oregon's land use program unique.
Vic Affolter and Bob Rindy
Interview with Vic Affolter by Bob Rindy on July 15, 2015. Vic Affolter served as the Planning and Community Development Director for Tillamook County, Oregon, for twenty years until his retirement in 2001.
Ward Armstrong and Michael Rupp
Interview with Ward Armstrong by Michael Rupp on May 18, 2015. Ward Armstrong was a lobbyist and public policy specialist who worked as Director of the Association of Oregon Counties in Salem in the early 1960s and as Oregon Director of Governmental Affairs for the Weyerhauser Corporation between 1966-86. Between 1986 -94, he was the Executive Director of the Oregon Forest Council.
Bruce Bartow and Michael Rupp
Interview with Bruce Bartow by Michael Rupp on October 11, 2016. Bruce Bartow served as Planning Director for Josephine County, Oregon, from 1977 to 2005.
Rick Bastasch, Michael Rupp, and James Knight
Rick Bastasch was interviewed by Michael Rupp and Jim Knight on May 10, 2017.
A lifelong Oregonian, Rick Bastasch is the author of "The Oregon Water Handbook" (Oregon State University Press, 2006). He worked with the Oregon Water Resources Department for over a decade, specializing in river basin planning, intergovernmental coordination, public information, and legislative analysis. He has also led recent efforts to conserve and restore the Willamette River.
Russell Beaton and Jim Knight
Interview with Russell Beaton by Jim Knight on June 18, 2015. Russ Beaton was Professor of Economics at Willamette University in Salem. He participated in drafting the widely acclaimed 1973 Oregon legislation on land-use planning.
Richard Benner and Anthony Lavenda
Interview with Richard Benner by Anthony Lavenda on May 14, 2015. Dick Benner served as Director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, as staff attorney for 1000 Friends of Oregon, and as the executive director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission.
Dale Blanton, Bob Rindy, and James Knight
Dale Blanton was interviewed by Bob Rindy and Jim Knight on June 13, 2017.
Dale Blanton served as the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s senior coastal policy analyst and as the Federal Program Officer for the agency’s Coastal Management Program. He was the principal policy advisor to coastal planners, state agencies, and local governments, especially on statewide planning goals 16 (Estuarine Resources), 17 (Coastal Shorelands), and 18 (Beaches and Dunes), and monitored the effects of state and federal legislative actions on coastal policies and programs. Prior to his twenty-six-year career with DLCD, Blanton worked as a natural resource agency coordinator for the Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission. He retired from DLCD in 2011.
William Blosser and Anthony Lavenda
Interview with William Blosser by Anthony Lavenda on June 16, 2015. Bill Blosser's roles in connection with Oregon's land use planning system include chairing the Land Conservation and Development Commission, the Water Resources Commission, and the Environmental Quality Commission.
Harold Brauner and Katherine Daniels
Interview with Harold (Hal) Brauner by Katherine Daniels on July 1, 2015. Hal Brauner served as Director of the Department of Land Conservation and Development.
Wallace P. Carson Jr. and Katherine Daniels
Interview with Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr. by Katherine Daniels on July 1, 2015. Chief Justice Wallace Carson was the longest-serving Chief Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court (fourteen years, 1991-2005). He served two terms in the Oregon House of Representatives and was an Oregon Senator from 1970-77. He helped to pass the Oregon bottle bill, greenway bill, and other land use legislation.
Ronald Cease, Jane Cease, and James Sitzman
Interview with Ronald and Jane Cease by James (Jim) Sitzman on June 18, 2015. Ron Cease was invited to teach at Portland State University in 1966, where he founded the university's Public Administration program in 1976. Jane Cease was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1978 and was re-elected in 1980. Ron won a seat in the Oregon House in 1984, the same year that Jane was elected to the Oregon Senate.
Lloyd Chapman, Michael Rupp, and James Knight
Lloyd Chapman was interviewed on July 31, 2017, by Michael Rupp and Jim Knight.
Lloyd Chapman worked with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development on water, forest, and land use projects. In addition to his career with DLCD, Chapman is an active citizen advocate who has held numerous elected and volunteer positions in local agencies and associations in the Salem area since the 1980s. He served as a Salem Transit District board member starting in 1999 and was elected Board President in 2003; in 2008, he was a candidate for Mayor of Salem; and in 2011, he was elected to a position on the Salem-Keizer School Board.
Robert E. Clay and Sy Adler
Interview with Robert E. Clay by Sy Adler on May 3, 2017 focused on Goal 10 of Oregon's Statewide Land Use Planning Program. Bob Clay is a planning consultant in Portland, Oregon who has held senior management positions in urban planning for city, state, regional, and federal agencies since 1973.
Arnold Cogan and James Sitzman
Interview with Arnold Cogan by James (Jim) Sitzman on June 23, 2015. Arnold Cogan, of the community outreach firm Cogan, Owens, & Green, was Oregon's first Planning Coordinator under Governor Tom McCall, the first Director of the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and the first Planning Director for the Port of Portland.
Margaret Collins and James Sitzman
Interview with Margaret Collins by Jim Sitzman on May 27, 2015. Maggie Collins was an original member of the Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee, which was established by Senate Bill 100 to advise the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission on Goal 1 of the statewide planning system: citizen involvement.
Robert Cortright and Benjamin Kahn
Robert Cortright was interviewed on March 9, 2017 by Ben Kahn. Bob Cortright is the Transportation Planning Coordinator for Oregon's Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).
Andy Cotugno and Sy Adler
Interview with Andy Cotugno by Sy Adler on March 8, 2016. Andy Cotugno served as planning director at Metro from 1980 to 2008 and as the Metro Council's Senior Policy Advisor from 2008 until his retirement in March 2016.
Keith Cubic and Michael Rupp
Interview with Keith Cubic by Michael Rupp on March 8, 2016. Keith Cubic has served as the Planning Director for Douglas County, Oregon, since 1978.
Gene Derfler and Jim Knight
Interview with Gene Derfler by Jim Knight on June 10, 2015. Gene Derfler was an Oregon State Representative from 1988-1994 and an Oregon State Senator from 1994-2002. He also worked in real estate in the Salem area and was involved in numerous community organizations.
John Faust and Kevin Pozzi
Interview with Jack Faust by Kevin Pozzi on August 19, 2015. Jack Faust, Vice Chairman of the Land Conservation and Development Commission from 1979 to 1983, was a lawyer at the firm Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt in Portland
Gordon Fultz, Michael Rupp, and James Knight
Gordon Fultz was interviewed on April 26, 2017, by Michael Rupp and Jim Knight. Fultz is the Legislative Coordinator for the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC).
Mark Greenfield and Jim Irvine
Interview with Mark Greenfield by Jim Irvine in 2017 focused on Goal 10 of Oregon's Statewide Land Use Planning Program. Mark Greenfield is a Portland-area attorney specializing in land use. He has represented the nonprofit organization 1000 Friends of Oregon and agencies including Tri-Met and Metro, and has served on the City of Portland Housing Advisory Committee.
Allen Johnson and Sy Adler
Allen (Al) Johnson was interviewed by Sy Adler on June 2, 2017.
Al Johnson is a retired Oregon land use attorney who founded and practiced with the firm Johnson, Kloos and Sherton (originally Johnson and Kloos) in the 1980s and 1990s. He worked as a hearings official for the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission in the 1970s. From 1993 until his retirement, he represented public- and private-sector clients throughout the state. After his retirement in 2010, he served as a member of the Urban Growth Boundary Residential Lands Technical Advisory Committee for the city of Bend, Oregon.
Stephen Kafoury and Dillon Mahmoudi
Interview with Stephen Kafoury by Dillon Mahmoudi on May 29, 2015. Stephen Kafoury was an Oregon State Representative and served as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Land Use during the adoption of the statewide land use program in the early 1970s.
Roger Kirchner and Jim Knight
Interview with Roger Kirchner by Jim Knight on August 12, 2015. Roger Kirchner was a founding staff member of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and served on the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).
James B. Knight and Michael Rupp
James Knight was interviewed on April 24, 2017, by Michael Rupp.
Jim Knight's career in public agencies spanned thirty-three years. From 1970 to 1974 he worked in Buffalo, New York, for the Erie County Division of Planning and for the Office for the Aging. In June 1974 he joined the Oregon Department of Land Conservation (DLCD), which administers Oregon's land use planning program. He retired from DLCD in March 2003.
Brent L. Lake and Jim Knight
Interview with Brent Lake by Jim Knight on July 24, 2015. Brent Lake began his service with the Department of Land Conservation and Development in 1974. He helped draft twelve of the first fourteen statewide planning goals and served as a field representative of the department to cities and counties throughout Oregon.
Robert Liberty and Kevin Pozzi
Interview with Robert Liberty by Kevin Pozzi on August 13, 2015. Robert Liberty served as staff attorney and as Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, as an elected Metro Councilor in the Portland region, and as the Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon.
Don Mazziotti and Jim Irvine
Interview with Don Mazziotti in 2017 by Jim Irvine focused on Goal 10 of Oregon's Statewide Land Use Planning Program. Mazziotti headed the Portland Development Commission from 2001 to 2005, served as Portland’s chief planner in the 1970s and acted as chief information officer for Oregon in the late 1990s. (Second half of interview missing.)
Janet McLennan and Kevin Pozzi
Interview with Janet McLennan by Kevin Pozzi on June 11, 2015. Janet McLennan was House Counsel for the Oregon House Committee on Land Use and the Environment during the 1973 legislative session, during the passage of Senate Bill 100.