On Saturday, February 11th, a determined group showed up to push wheelbarrows, swing shovels, and plant 20 replacement trees at the Grove of the States (located at French Prairie Rest Area southbound). Among the many volunteers were two members of the Oregon Travel Information Council (Chair Gwenn Baldwin and Mike Marsh) and the Executive Director of OTIC/OTE Nancy DeSouza.
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Snow. Didn’t get enough of it? Just take a look at how OTE’s janitorial staff at the Memaloose Rest Area near Hood River are moving trash from the cans to the dumpster. Maybe we should send Kent Kramer a couple of huskies to help?
All kidding aside, Oregon’s record-breaking cold and snow season has been challenging for everyone. Our rest area staff work to keep highway rest areas open—even during inclement …
Oregon’s Grove of the States is located at the French Prairie Rest Area (southbound I-5 at Milepost 281), near Wilsonville. The Grove is believed to be the oldest arboretum of state trees in the US and was originally a collection of trees from 53 US states and territories. The concept for the Grove was conceived and implemented by former Oregon Attorney General Robert Thornton in the mid-1960s as a way …
Since our local Oregon forecast is a bit unpredictable, it’s a really good time to review what our friends over at the Oregon Department of Transportation recommend for safe driving under snowy or icy conditions.
Driving in the snow requires a certain set of driving skills that some Oregon residents get to use only rarely.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Allow extra time to get …
The Oregon Travel Information Council is responsible for governing the agency, which operates under the assumed business name of Oregon Travel Experience. The Council is composed of eight volunteers appointed by the Governor and one member of the Oregon Transportation Commission. At least one appointee must reside in each of Oregon’s five congressional districts. The Council meets quarterly to fulfill its mission of creating a great visitor experience by providing directions to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon’s resources, and ensuring safe and convenient travel. Meet the Council members.
Find out when our governing council will meet next or review minutes from the last meeting.
The Oregon Travel Information Council approved an amended 2015 – 2017 Biennial Budget at their December 2015 meeting. The final adopted budget also includes a “Budget Note” that the Council intends to review sign fees in Spring 2016. You may download a copy of the Council approved Biennial Budget. If you have questions or concerns, please contact OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza.
If you would like to be one of the first businesses included on new signs that will honor the Grove of the States, now is your chance. Oregon Travel Experience is offering several sponsorship levels to help fund French Prairie Rest Area’s “Grove of the States Restoration Project.” Your business name will be seen by over two million travelers who stop at the rest area when the project is completed in August 2017. Learn more about how you can help sustain this unique public space.
Our online heritage tree directory provides information about various city and county notable tree programs across the state. The directory is a great resource if you’re planning a weekend sightseeing trip or local walking tour, or if you wish to nominate a tree that has not met the statewide program criteria.
Dive into Oregon history and heritage—with Oregon Travel Experience’s latest publication, Deep Roots. The annual publication is available free of charge to the public, as long as supplies last.
Deep Roots provides snapshots of Oregon history, culture, and heritage—introducing the reader to a variety of events, people, and geographical wonders. The eight-page print version is produced in black and white, and is styled after an antique newspaper. An online “flip-book” and mobile-friendly version is available on our website.
All of us at OTE are committed to making your Oregon highway experience a great one. From the men and women ensuring your safety at our rest areas to the people helping you navigate a highway logo sign application, OTE employees agree that customers come first. It’s a big road out there and we’re here to help. If you would like to learn more about us, our bios are posted on the OTE staff page.
OTE offers an easy and secure online payment option for your sign, kiosk, and TripCheck permit fees. Simply connect to the OTE US Bancorp payment site. You'll see the OTE logo on the banner at the top. (Please note that a variable convenience fee may be charged by your card provider for transactions.) Contact us if you need help with this option by email, or by telephone at 503-373-0086.
Highway Business Signs: A cost effective tool for local businesses to gain exposure along busy highways. Blue logo signs direct motorists to essential services and nearby attractions.
Rest Areas: Oregon Travel Experience supervises 29 rest areas at 17 locations around the state. Stop and rest, walk the dog and let the kids jump and run. See where Oregon Travel Experience’s rest areas are located and why we take your safety seriously.
Free Coffee Program: The Highway Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program helps save lives by decreasing driver fatigue. This program is permitted by OTE and run by volunteer non-profit groups. For immediate information about this program, telephone 503-373-0155.
Permit Programs: From Travel Information kiosks to TripCheck.com, Oregon Travel Experience connects you with the latest traveler information. Both businesses and motorists benefit from exposure in our travel information centers. If you want fast information about panels or brochure placement, telephone 503-373-0090.
TripCheck.com: Get real-time Oregon highway and road conditions on the website operated by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Roadway cameras, weather and crash reports, travel and alerts---discover it on the go!
Heritage Trees: Want to learn more about these spectacular beauties? Come visit our map and detail pages and listen to an audio tour.
Historical Markers: A venerable program handed down through the generations, Oregon’s historical markers can be the focus of a weekend family outing.
Places to Stop: A roll call of some of our more popular blog posts, featuring unusual visitors to rest areas, local businesses that we help promote with highway signs, unique projects with partners, and other Sunday living styled posts.