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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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Gone but not forgotten – tree memorials

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Newsletter | No Comments

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 …

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Thanksgiving safe travel message

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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 …

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Grove of the States Arborist Work Day

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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 …

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Winter travel warning – Willamette Valley

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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 …

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Falling into a darker season

Posted on: October 25th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | 1 Comment

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 …

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Boardman Rest Area janitorial contractor needed

Posted on: October 24th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

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 …

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Notable Oregon tree advocate sought

Posted on: October 20th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

Committee opens nomination process for 2017 Maynard Drawson Award

Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee are accepting nominations for the annual Maynard Drawson Memorial Award. (*The award nomination form is located below in the “Submit your nominations” section of this article.) This will be the third year that the annual award will honor an individual (or group) who has championed Oregon’s trees with the same fervor and …

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Rest Area Rules

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

Learn what’s possible and what’s not

Oregon’s public rest area system has a lengthy history of welcoming travelers and providing safe clean facilities for motorists to refresh. At OTE managed rest areas, dedicated employees provide a range of services. From helping families find lost keys and pets to ensuring that the grounds are free from obstructions and hazards, our specialists are present during peak travel hours, seven days per week and …

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