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March – April 2012 E-news: From tree to shining tree

Posted on: April 26th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Newsletter | No Comments


Join Senator Betsy Johnson, Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart, and OTE staff at a Tillamook Town Hall meeting

Oregon Senator Betsy Johnson, Tillamook Commissioner Mark Labhart, and Oregon Travel Experience will host a Town Hall Meeting in Tillamook, Oregon. The town hall is scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tillamook County Library Hatfield Room, 1716 Third St.

The public forum will be held to discuss OTE’s new management at the Tillamook and North Coast region highway rest area.

OK town hall

“Commissioner Labhart brought ODOT’s closure of the rest area to my attention and we immediately convened a public meeting,” said Senator Johnson. “A unique window of opportunity opened and Commissioner Labhart was integral to forming the partnership with OTE.”

Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart indicates the town hall is “… a great opportunity for the public to weigh in on this important rest area in Tillamook County that receives thousands of visitors along Hwy. 101 each year.”

“Special thanks to Oregon Travel Experience for their leadership role in assuming management of this rest area and to Senator Johnson for helping to secure the funding so OTE has adequate dollars to manage this site,” said Commissioner Labhart.

OTE assumed supervisory control from the Oregon Department of Transportation as a result of 2012 legislation and the passage of Senate Bill 1591.

“Senator Johnson’s and Commissioner Labhart’s vision for the future economic growth of their community will help guide OTE’s work as we move forward with plans to revitalize the Tillamook rest area,” said OTE’s CEO Cheryl Gribskov. 

“The town hall meeting will be an ideal forum for business owners and local residents to contribute their own ideas about how we shape the future of rest areas,” said Gribskov. “It is important we hear from those who live in the local community.”

OTE currently manages nine other highway safety rest areas along I-5, I-84 and at Government Camp.

A tour of the Tillamook rest area and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place following the town hall meeting.

For more information about the town hall, please contact Jenn Smith, 503-373-0155.

Oregon Travel Information Council to meet in Tillamook

Prior to the town hall meeting, OTE’s governing council will hold their regular quarterly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on the same day, Friday April 20th. The meeting will also be held at the Tillamook Public Library. The public is invited to attend.

New Regional Historical Marker Coos Bay installation

regional marker
Thanks to a joint sponsorship between Three Rivers Casino and the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Southern Oregon Coast and the community of Coos Bay will receive a new historical marker.

OTE will set a date for the dedication ceremony sometime in May 2012. We will keep you posted in this newsletter and on our website.

From Tree to Shining Tree

Your invitation to OTE’s Statewide Heritage Tree Dedication


The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is looking forward to an amazing celebration at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6th at Oregon State University. 

Join OSU’s President Ed Ray, OTE’s CEO Cheryl Gribskov, OSU Horticultural and Forestry staff, Heritage Tree committee members, and the OSU Chamber Choir when they honor the four newest honorees to the Class of 2012. (You can download a map of the event location and an invitation to help you remember the date and find your way.)

The following trees are the recipients of the 2012 Oregon Heritage Tree award:

OSU Trysting Tree

A 29 year old beauty with a century-old past, the Trysting Tree I  was first planted between 1880 to 1885. Located within a National Historic District at Oregon State University, this tree honors romantics and horticulturists alike. Read more…

Tub Springs Sugar Pine

As trees go, this rare giant has most sugar pines beat for size and age. At 250 years old, the pine reaches 180 feet in height. Settlers from the Southern Applegate Trail passed nearby, stopping to water livestock. Read more…

Smokejumper Pine Tree

What do young men battling forest fires in the Illinois Valley have in common with a tree? This 150 year old veteran had an important utilitarian purpose at the historic smokejumper base and acted as an overseer to the unique history of Josephine County. Read more…

Shipley Cook Grove

Not just one tree but many trees on the Shipley Cook Farmstead were planted by the two owners over a century. The original owner had roots which connected to OSU and the State Grange. Come find out why the farm’s current owner is so passionate about Willamette Valley history. Read more…

New publications available

If you love Oregon history, you might want to snap up a copy of our newest publications. There are limited numbers of printed copies but PDF versions will be made avaialble on our website.

Feel free to browse the following publications and contact us if you have any questions about availability.

HT brochure coverGuide To Historical Markers & Heritage Trees (20 pgs.)

This handy glovebox-sized brochure is full of colorful maps.Markers and trees are grouped by regions, making it easy to to stop and visit.

Included are audio tour stops and regional markers. This essential guide will help you make the most out of any drive across our state.

cover, HT annual report

The OTE Heritage Program 2011 Annual Report (4 pgs.)

Learn more about the Historical Marker and Heritage Tree Programs and the many accomplishments made over the last year.

Find out which trees were dedicated last year and how community volunteer groups helped grow local tourism.

deep roots

Deep Roots (4 pgs.)

Deep Roots is published annually by OTE. Its focus is on current marker and tree dedications and the work performed by the many volunteer committees, program partners and community sponsors. It is produced in a newspaper-style format and makes a great souvenir.

Calling all OTE highway business sign customers

Let us help your business and your employees to get noticed. You are valuable to us and we want to thank you for being such a loyal customer.

We feature highway business sign customers on our website and in the e-news. Our Communciations Office will arrange for an interview to find out what makes your business unique.

Please contact us for more information about our sign customer spotlights. You can also telephone us at 1-800-574-9397 and our fabulous receptionist Sarah Flores will make sure you talk to someone as soon as possible.



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