It seems so rare now, Democrats and Republicans working together towards shared conservation goals. But in the 1970s, Oregon was an epicenter of bipartisan cooperation that established important, groundbreaking environmental policy that has shaped our state to this day.
Next time you pour a glass of Oregon pinot noir, consider offering a toast to “SB 100” (Senate Bill 100) – the 1973 law that created Oregon’s land use planning program.
Why? Back in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Oregon’s population was growing rapidly. Would-be developers and land speculators were eyeing the rolling hills between Newberg and McMinnville for expensive “large-lot” “view” subdivisions. The soil, they said, was good for nothing.
But a guy named David Lett and a couple of young dreamers on the property next door – Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser – saw a different future: Vineyards, not home sites. ...