People and the Land: An Oral History of Oregon’s Statewide Land Use Planning Program



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An Oregon Story documents the history of land use in Oregon, centered on the crucial efforts of bipartisan lawmakers who recognized the environmental and economic importance of protecting the state's agricultural, coastal, forest, and rural lands from unregulated urbanization and development.

Through the words of key participants, the film describes the politics and passion that inspired the passage and implementation of Senate Bill 100 in 1973, and the vital role of land use planning in Oregon's environment and economy.


Executive Producer: Jim Gilbert
Director and Editor: Joe Wilson

Narrator: Robert Liberty

Featuring in order of appearance:
Oswald West, Oregon Governor
Tom McCall, Oregon Governor
L.B. Day, Oregon State Representative
Hector Macpherson, Oregon State Representative
Bob Bailey, coastal program manager, Oregon DLCD
Maradel Gale, member, Oregon Coastal Conservation and Development Commission
Bill Bradbury, Oregon Secretary of State and TV journalist
Sy Adler, professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Interim Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs, PSU
Dick Benner, Director of DLCD and staff attorney, 1000 Friends of Oregon
Henry Richmond, founder of 1000 Friends of Oregon
Anne Squier, member, 1972 Oregon legislative task force
Ted Hallock, Oregon State Senator
Greg Macpherson, Oregon State Representative and son of Hector Macpherson
Fred VanNatta, lobbyist, Home Builders Association
Ron Eber, farm and forest lands specialist, Oregon DLCD
Nancie Fadeley, Oregon State Representative and chair, House Environment and Land Use Committee
Jim Johnson, land use and water planning coordinator, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Bob Stacey, Portland Metro Councilor and executive director and staff attorney, 1000 Friends of Oregon
Floyd Prozanski, Oregon State Senator
Arnold Cogan, Oregon DLCD
Bob Straub, Oregon Governor
Victor Atiyeh, Oregon Governor
John Kitzhaber, Oregon Governor
Dorothy English, spokesperson, Measure 37
Tim Nesbitt, adviser to Governors Kulongoski and Kitzhaber
Mike Schauffler, Oregon State Representative
Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator
Jim Gilbert, Northwoods Nursery
Alex Cooper, Willamette Nurseries
Jason Lett, The Eyrie Vineyards
Christian Richmond, Star Mooring farm, son of Henry Richmond
Nathan Rea, H.T. Rea Farming
Mike McCarthy, McCarthy Family Farm
Jim Wood, Aspen Valley Ranch
Gayle Goschie, Goschie Farms
Ben Gordon, executive director, Central Oregon Landwatch
Peter Walker, professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, UO


From An Oregon Story website:

"An Oregon Story: Saving Our Beaches, Farmland & More is an intimate exploration of Oregon's decades-long history of innovative land-use planning and conservation practices.

"You’ll meet many of the farsighted and dedicated leaders, farmers and other individuals, who worked tirelessly to create and later defend our land-use planning program, which has protected Oregon’s fertile and productive farm and ranch lands, our beaches and iconic places from urban sprawl and other inappropriate development.

"Presented by the Parkdale Valley Land Trust in association with Bergman Productions. The executive producer is Jim Gilbert, a long-time nursery owner from southern Clackamas County, Oregon.

"This documentary is a testament to the spirit of Oregon and to the stewardship and determination of its many citizens, who have worked so hard to keep it a great place to live, work, recreate and farm. It showcases our shared values and our dedication to preserving and nurturing our land, honoring a heritage that dates back generations."


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