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Grove of the States dedicated as Oregon Heritage Trees on their 50th Anniversary

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by Annie Von Domitz in News & Press | No Comments

On August 28th at 1:00 p.m., the Oregon Heritage Tree Program celebrated the induction of Oregon’s newest Heritage Trees ­­­– Oregon’s Grove of the States, a historic arboretum containing trees for each US state and the District of Columbia.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, ODOT director Matt Garrett and members of the Oregon Travel Information Council joined the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee to commemorate the day and induct the Grove as …

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Santiam Rest Area Closures Scheduled for Repaving

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by Annie Von Domitz in News & Press | No Comments

The Santiam Rest Area at I-5 milepoint 241 will be closed in two stages for necessary repaving as follows:
Southbound: Closed to trucks at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11. Car traffic will be allowed through September 17, 2017
Northbound and Southbound: Closed to all traffic at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18. Both rest areas are scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
We apologize for this inconvenience. French Prairie Rest …

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The Triple Nickles Historical Marker Dedication

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., the Oregon Historical Marker Program will commemorate the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (also known as the Triple Nickles), an elite all-Black paratrooper unit deployed to Oregon near the end of WWII. A new historical marker honoring the Triple Nickles will be unveiled at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum located at the Illinois Valley Valley Airport in Cave Junction.
The Triple Nickles jumped their …

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2017 Deep Roots publication now available

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) is offering a free publication to those interested in Oregon’s Heritage Trees and Historical Markers. The 2017 edition of “Deep Roots” is available while supplies last. Deep Roots features historical photographs and is a large tabloid periodical published on quality paper stock—perfect for Oregon ephemera collections.
This year’s cover story dives deep into the significance behind a new historical marker slated for …

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Oregon Heritage Tree Advocate to be honored

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is pleased to announce the 2017 Maynard C. Drawson Memorial Award winner. This year’s honor goes to educator and arborist Paul Ries. Ries will receive a plaque recognizing his contributions to preserving Oregon’s notable trees on Wednesday, April 12th, at 2:00 p.m., on the grounds of the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St, in Salem, Oregon.
Ries was a founding member of the Oregon Heritage …

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Class of 2017 Heritage Trees have “arrived”

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is pleased to announce the Class of 2017 Heritage Trees.  This year, three groves of significant Oregon trees will be honored. Two groves located in Central Oregon are slated to be recognized during a ceremony in July, while a collection of state trees near Portland will be honored on their 50th anniversary in late August.
The Huntington Wagon Road Junipers and the A.M. Drake Homestead Ponderosa …

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New trees planted at Grove of the States

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | 2 Comments

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.
[Make sure to visit the image gallery at the bottom of this …

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Winter snow woes

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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 …

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Grove of the States Restoration Project

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

What is this project about?

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 …

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Get ready for winter driving

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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.

Snow equals skills, time, and patience

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 …

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