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Coalition challenges Metro plan

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Metro has proposed nearly 31,000 acres to be considered for possible future development.

But before the regional government makes it decision by the end of February, a coalition of farmers and conservation groups say Metro needs to consider reducing the designated lands to 15,000 acres.

“Farmers and conservation groups have often disagreed in the past, but on this issue we strongly agree: urban sprawl destroys valuable farmland, streams, and wildlife habitat," Washington County Farm Bureau President Dave Vanasche said in a prepared statement. “Our proposal achieves a balance of protection for agriculture and natural resources while providing for common sense future growth in the region.”

In addition to the Washington County Farm Bureau, the coalition includes Tualatin Riverkeepers, Save Helvetia, Audubon Society, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Oregon Association of Nurseries, Coalition for a Livable Future and Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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Brian Wegener
0 #1 View the Coallition's Map & Press ConferenceBrian Wegener 2010-01-12 10:43:54
Here is the map supported by the coalition of farm & conservation groups. Click the link at bottom.

View the press conference at

Click this link to download the map
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