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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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Huntington Wagon Road Junipers

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Annie Von Domitz in Heritage Tree Details | No Comments

Shaggy bark from Western Juniper

J.W. P. Huntington

The Target Tree, one of the Junipers in the Grove.

Following the line of a very old Native American Trail, the Huntington Wagon Road was marked by J.W. Petit Huntington in 1864 as a route between The Dalles and Fort Klamath. When the road was firmly established, it was used by prospectors, homesteaders, soldiers, and tradesman. Warm Springs Indian scouts frequently used the road in …

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Drake Ponderosa Pine Grove

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Annie Von Domitz in Heritage Tree Details | No Comments

A.M. Drake original homestead lodge and several of the Ponderosa Pines

Plaque marking the area of the A.M. Drake Homestead

Pinecone from the Ponderosa Pine

A.M. and Florence Drake arrived in Central Oregon in June 1900. As they made their way through the homeland of the Northern Paiute tribes and alongside the Deschutes River in a covered wagon, the Drakes stopped to assess their surroundings and make camp. It is reported the couple butted …

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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.
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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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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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