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.
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
The first known inhabitants of Oregon were Paleo-Indians, with the first found settlement dating to about 13,200 years ago, although archaeologists believe that humans lived in the area 15,000 years ago. The first known specific tribes in the area include the Chinook, Bannock, Nez Perce and Umpqua, among others.Full Answer >
Oregon's major landforms include the Oregon Coast Range, the Cascade Range, the Columbia River Gorge, the Blue-Wallowa Mountains and the Klamath Mountains. Oregon has a diverse landscape that includes basins, plains, semidesert ranges, rugged highlands, mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches, cascades, waterfalls, volcanoes and more.Full Answer >
Class C felonies in Oregon are the least serious felonies and include mail theft, second-degree burglary and promoting prostitution, according to NOLO's CriminalDefenseAttorney.com. A Class C felony carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $125,000.Full Answer >
California was named by the Spanish following its discovery by Hernan Cortes, but there are two possible origins for its name. One theory says that the name comes from a few descriptive words in Catalan, and the other says that they came from the name of the mythical land of Queen Califa.Full Answer >