1000 Friends of Oregon announced today that Jason Miner has been named as its new Executive Director. Miner brings seventeen years of experience in land use planning and natural resource stewardship to the organization. He currently serves as the Geoffrey Hughes Director of the Western Massachusetts Program for the Nature Conservancy.

“We're thrilled to have someone of Jason's talent, vision and intellect to lead 1000 Friends,” said Elisabeth Lyon, 1000 Friends of Oregon Board Chair. “His background in land use law and environmental management will be a tremendous asset to the organization, as will his passion for the outdoors and his collaborative approach to management.”

Before his work with The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, Miner spent eight years in Oregon. He was the Conservation Director for Oregon Trout and was instrumental in the creation of the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act and served on the Steens Mountain Advisory Council from 2001 to 2005.

“I'm honored to have been chosen to lead one of the preeminent land use organizations in the nation,“ Miner said. “It's a challenging time for Oregon. I think the land use planning system is crucial to building a sustainable economy that will provide jobs, create more livable communities and protect the landscape that all Oregonians love. 1000 Friends of Oregon has a key role to play and I'm eager to get started.”

1000 Friends of Oregon was formed by Henry Richmond and Governor Tom McCall in 1975. The group, celebrating its 35th anniversary, will honor Richmond at its annual Tom McCall Legacy Dinner on Saturday night. It will also be Miner's first opportunity to share his vision for the organization's future.

Miner is married to Tara Rae Miner, a native Oregonian, returning after five years as managing editor of Orion Magazine. They have a 10-month old daughter. Miner's official start date is May 3rd.