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Class of 2012 Oregon Heritage Trees

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 2 Comments

Part two: Shipley Cook Grove

As part of the 2012 Oregon Heritage Tree Statewide Dedication festivities, we’re blog-posting on the four honorees. Up second, an historic farm in the Willamette Valley had two founders who loved trees.

A stunning example of the diversity of heritage trees is exemplified by the Shipley Cook Grove, a group of trees representing the horticultural interests of two Oregon farm families. Tree varieties contained in the grove include: …

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Class of 2012 Oregon Heritage Trees

Posted on: March 28th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 1 Comment

Part one: Tub Springs Sugar Pine

As part of the 2012 Oregon Heritage Tree Statewide Dedication festivities, we’re blog-posting on the four honorees. Up first, an amazingly old and giant tree.
High in Oregon’s southern mountains near what we now call Ashland—long before Oregon Country and the Applegate Trail—pinecones scattered by squirrels and birds sprouted into sugar pine saplings. A century passed, trees grew, and in the 1860s Oregon settlers filled barrels …

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From tree to shining tree

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

Oregon Heritage Tree Program: The statewide dedication

What would life be without trees? Trees that shade. Trees that provide food. Trees whose bark, wood, and fiber produce the tools of trade, construction, and commerce. And, in the case of the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, trees whose roots are deeply grounded in our state’s history.
On Friday April 6, 2012, OTE and Oregon State University (OSU) will host a dedication ceremony for the …

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For the love of trees

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 2 Comments

For heritage tree lovers everywhere, a trysting tree equals both romanticism and history at the same time.
Nominated for the 2012 Class of Oregon Heritage Trees, Oregon State University’s (OSU) 29 year old Trysting Tree will be one of four trees honored this year during an Oregon Arbor Week event in April.
The OSU Trysting Tree is actually a bit of a reincarnation. In 1987, the original tree was cut down due …

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Kiosks never sleep and neither do we

Posted on: January 9th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

What exactly is a rest area kiosk?

Installing and maintaining Oregon highway business signs are only a fraction of what OTE’s Field Operations Division has a hand in. OTE maintains and stocks kiosk information centers within 12 highway rest areas across the state. Motorists use kiosks both night and day, looking for unique places to eat, sleep, or shop.
Over the last year, OTE noted significant deterioration to almost every kiosk—many had …

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Coffee: good for the soul

Posted on: January 6th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides |

OTE Free Coffee Program volunteers create community

The Grants Pass region is one of Oregon’s most scenic stretches of Interstate 5. Throughout numerous mountain passes from California to the Willamette Valley, craggy canyon walls and old growth trees welcome motorists to our state’s famous wild beauty.
Oregon Travel Experience supervises Manzanita rest area, located slightly north of Grants Pass. As part of OTE’s campaign to encourage drivers to rest and refresh at …

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Customer service 101: Inside and outside OTE

Posted on: December 28th, 2011 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | 3 Comments

A conversation about highway business signs

If you’ve ever worn a reversible jacket, you may have preferred one side over the other. Sue VanHandel, our business and sign assistant, carries the reversible jacket analogy one step further—wearing her personal mantra of excellence for both internal and external customers
Sue helps Oregon businesses obtain space on Interstate and off-Interstate logo signs. She is unabashedly enthusiastic about fostering small business visibility.
“A lot of people don’t …

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The loss of a grand old tree

Posted on: July 26th, 2011 by OTE in Roadways and Waysides |

Today we mourn the loss of one of our Heritage Trees. The Barlow Road Tollgate Big Leaf Maple was badly decayed and posed a threat to passing motorists. There is one bright spot: several “sprouts” at the base of the tree were preserved. Daniel Parker (the original Barlow Rd tollgate keeper) planted the tree 130 years ago. A good long life!
If you would like more information on how it went, …

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