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 …
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 …
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 …
Notable trees that once graced Oregon
There are notable trees aplenty in Oregon, and you may have visited some of them on weekend forays across the state. However, trees have finite lifetimes. They are vulnerable to disease, rot, weather or humankind incidents. While not all of the trees represented in the“tree memorial” are Oregon Heritage Trees, during their lifespans many were beloved in their communities and by tree aficionados.
We will be …
Oregon State Police share holiday advisory
With at least 10 people losing their lives on state highways over the past week, Oregon State Police (OSP) is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Other traffic alerts that coincide with the long weekend include winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War Game in Corvallis.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend – This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of …
Oregon’s Grove of the States enters active restoration phase
On November 11, 2016, a team of two dozen highly skilled volunteer arborists from four local companies will sponsor a work day in Oregon’s Grove of the States to prepare the site for the next phase of its restoration. The Grove will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, and is in dire need of attention.
Located at the southbound I-5 French Prairie Rest …
A winter-weather advisory is in effect for most of the Willamette Valley on Wednesday, December 14th, from sunrise until midnight. The National Weather Service has upgraded the winter storm watch to a winter weather advisory for snow.
Snow accumulations – May be 2 – 4 inches although higher amounts are possible in areas southeast of Salem.
Impacts – Roads will be covered in ice or snow and slick, causing difficult driving conditions. Schools may …
Beating seasonal fatigue
You wake up, but it’s black as midnight. The alarm is buzzing and the dog is hopping on the bed trying to get your attention. What’s up with moonlight in the morning? Well, it’s fall. In Oregon.
Adapting to seasonal shifts and time changes is challenging—and feeling as though you’re not quite awake when you sit behind the wheel when the sun isn’t up is downright dangerous.
At Oregon Travel …
Request for Quotations open
The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) has formally opened the Request For Quotations (RFQ) process for contracted janitorial services at the eastbound Boardman Rest Area, Milepost 161.
There will be a pre-bid conference at the Boardman eastbound OTE office on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.
Download the PDF of the RFQ guidelines, bid submission and scope of duties.
The deadline to submit the RFQ application …