|Land is designated for different uses in Oregon, particularly pertaining to farmland and forest designation as well as land that may be developed. With 70 percent of the population of Oregon living within the valley and the valley as a productive agriculture region, there is conflict between land development and conservation1. From 1982-92, 66 percent of farmland converted into residential and urban uses in Oregon was located within the Willamette Valley2. Many farmers find it difficult to farm on the urban fringes, as the metropolitan areas expand, due to the rising value of the land and the conflicts over roads, farm practices, and land significance.||Land Use / Uso de la Tierra Translation Needed
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Willamette Valley Land Use Subtopics / Temas de Uso de la Tierra del Valle de Willamette:
1. US Census Bureau (2009) State & County Quick Facts. Available at quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/maps/oregon_map.html (accessed July 2009).
2. Oregon Department of Agriculture (2009) Land Use. Available at www.oregon.gov/ODA/NRD/landusefront.shtml (accessed July 2009).