The days of staking out a parcel of wild land in Oregon and starting a self-sufficient homestead are over. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 replaced existing homesteading laws and required all prospective homesteaders to buy property at market prices.Continue Reading
Purchasing land is the first step to starting a farm in Oregon. Landowners should also make sure that their land is zoned for large scale gardening, farming or raising animals and that local bylaws allow these activities.
Local bylaws and zoning can be a concern, especially in urban areas where restrictions apply as to the kinds of animals that can be raised on privately owned property and how much front yard space homeowners can dedicate to gardening. Some restrictions may apply in some rural areas, as well. Homeowners should contact their local zoning boards to learn what they can and cannot do on their properties.Learn more about The West
Oregon has a relatively mild climate, largely affected by the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountain Range. West of the mountains, the Pacific Ocean keeps temperatures moderate and precipitation more plentiful in the winter. East of the mountains, less rain and cooler temperatures are the rule during winter.Full Answer >
The lowest point in Oregon is sea level (0 feet) where the state meets the Pacific Ocean. Oregon's coast is 363 miles long. The highest point in Oregon is the peak of Mount Hood at 11,239 feet.Full Answer >
Some facts about the state of Oregon are the Oregon state flag is the only state flag to display different images on each side, Oregon's deepest gorge is Hell's Canyon, and the Oregon sunstone is the official state gemstone. Milk is Oregon's state beverage.Full Answer >
Over the last 100 years, Oregon's population has gotten steadily larger and older with increasing numbers of minorities and women as a percentage of the overall population. Reviewing census data from 1950 to 2010 shows that the population of Oregon has grown from around 1.5 million total people to more than 3.8 million people in 2010. Over that 60-year period, the population growth as been fairly linear and consistent, with only a couple years with negative population growthFull Answer >