The Blue Mountain Chapter (BMC) of ORA was formed in 2001 and is centered in La Grande, drawing community members from throughout Union County. Energy and agriculture have been long-standing focuses of the chapter. Members are currently focused on Homegrown Prosperity and Healthcare Reform. They are also exploring interest in forming an Investment Group to reinvigorate the local economy. See meeting times, upcoming events and BMC updates.
The Snake River Chapter (SRC), based in Ontario, was formed in 2003 by members in Malheur County and folks throughout the western Treasure Valley. The SRC has focused on social justice and local food issues. It continues to coordinate the Four Rivers Community Garden and is exploring new issues and projects including creating a “solarize” program like Solarize Union County, developing a Farm to School program and becoming active in Oregon’s Healthcare Reform movement. See meeting times, upcoming events and SRC blog posts.
The Baker County Chapter formed in 2004 (originally as the Baker County Grassroots Alliance). Baker County members have worked on issues ranging from encouraging curbside recycling to producing a regional guide to local food and farm products. These members have also dedicated much of their time to support the development of local renewable energy resources by running members in campaigns for Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OTEC) board positions and offering educational seminars. Most recently they have been involved with establishing and growing Baker’s first community garden.
The Columbia Basin Chapter was kicked off in November 2008 and anticipated a first issue campaign to expand local recycling options. Due to the economic downturn and its effect on the recycling market, the chapter turned its attentions instead to establishing a community garden in Hermiston (helping break ground on the garden and then handing it off to the local FFA to coordinate) and working to safeguard local water resources (hosting a county-wide pharmaceuticals disposal day and supporting policy to keep waters clean). Members also participated in a Community Wealth Building workshop in 2010. While the chapter is not currently meeting, Oregon Rural Action continues to support local efforts in Umatilla and Morrow County, including partnering with like-minded organizations to support their work.