Outstanding Industry Partner: Greg Leo
The Travel Information Council is very pleased to recognize the Greg Leo as this quarter’s Outstanding Industry Partner. Greg is the owner of the Leo Company who is a marketing, public and governmental affairs consulting firm specializing in creative solutions for their clients needs.
Greg has been instrumental in helping the Travel Information Council pull together a local strategic coalition. This local coalition will provide visioning for the Baldock Rest Area to best serve the needs of the surrounding community as TIC prepares to oversee the management of the most heavily trafficked rest areas in the state.
North Baldock is the gateway into the most populated area of Oregon. “Greg understands completely the potential economic development opportunities and amenities that can be showcased to their best advantage in theses areas. Plus he is a joy to work with”, says Cheryl Gribskov, Executive Director of TIC. “He is involved in so many activities that we are really lucky to have his enthusiasm and expertise as we move forward with this important project.”
Greg is also Chair of the Friends of Historic Champoeg and played a key role in the passage of the bill to create the designation of February 9th of each year as Ewing Young Day. Both Champoeg Park and the tree under which Ewing Young is buried are designated Heritage Trees. “I am in awe of him”, states Cheryl.
Camp Adair Historical Marker Dedication
The Oregon Historical Marker Committee held a dedication event for the new Camp Adair Historical Marker on September 19, 2009. Camp Adair is the 104th marker in the State’s inventory and is located in the Camp Adair Memorial Park, in the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, off Camp Adair Road near Corvallis.
Camp Adair was an infantry training camp during World War II and during its height it was the second largest city in Oregon. Four divisions trained at Camp Adair between 1942 and 1944. the 104th Timberwolf, the 96th Deadeye, the 70th Trailblazers and the 91st Powder River divisions all hail from the camp. The camp hospital was eventually turned over to the Marines in 1945, to serve the wounded soldiers returning from the war. After the war ended, some of the buildings were converted to student housing for OSU.
The dedication event was kicked off with a color guard ceremony, conducted by the Linn-Benton Chapter of the Young Marines. Several veterans in attendance trained at Camp Adair and were able to share personal stories about their experiences at the camp. Refreshments were provided by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Ewing Young Recognized
Elected officials, historians, members of the public and a cousin of Ewing Young gathered at the burial site of the early Newberg settler Thursday August 13, 2009 to celebrate the passage of Senate bill 625. The bill which passed the Oregon Legislature earlier this year designates February 9 of each year as Ewing Young Day. House chief co-sponsor representative Kim Thatcher explained that the writers of the bill chose that to mark Young’s death. “That unusual”, she said. “You usually pick the date of birth, but in this case we picked that his death set in motion (events that lead to statehood).”
Young, a trapper and trader, came to Oregon in 1834 and staked a claim across the Willamette River from Champoeg, about 3.5 miles northeast of what is now Newberg. He built the first sawmill and established the first trading post in the area. He also created the first distillery in Oregon.
John McLoughlin, the area’s Hudson Bay Company representative, and Jason Lee, Oregon’s first missionary, attempted to stop Young from running the distillery by convincing him to go to California and drive a herd of cattle. At the time, Hudson Bay owned all of the livestock in the area. Young’s 1937 drive broke the monopoly making Young the richest man in Oregon.
When Young died without a will or heir on February 9, 1841 the settlers elected Oregon first probate to settle his estate. Young was buried beneath a small oak tree locate at Oakhurst Farm and the tree is now know as the Ewing Young Oak.
Cheryl Gribskov, director of OTIC and administrator of the State Heritage Tree Program, said that Oregon’s heritage trees tell amazing stories and the oak’s is one of the best. “I think Ewing Young represents Oregon then and now, when you think about the fact that we just seem to be pioneers in so many things,” she said, explaining that Oregon is the only state with a heritage tree program. “He started a whole new way of thinking in Oregon and we just never stopped.”
* reprinted from The Newberg Graphic, by Amanda Newman.
Octopus Tree Dedication
Oregon’s newly designated Heritage Tree, the Octopus Tree, will be dedicated on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:00pm at the tree site in Cape Meares State Park, near Tillamook, OR.
The Octopus Tree, a massive Sitka spruce, has six branches that extend about 30 feet from its base and then grow vertically to more than 100 feet, creating a distinctive shape. The cause of this peculiar shape remains a mystery that has been debated for years. It may have been shaped by natural events or possibly, Native Americans sculpted the tree for an unknown purpose, as it grew. One thing is certain; the 250 year old Octopus Tree is definitely worth a visit.
OTIC Welcomes Newly Appointed Council Member
The Oregon Travel Information Council is very pleased to welcome Steve Petersen. He is our newest governor appointed council member.
Steve is currently employed with CH2M Hill, was the Director for Oregon Economic Development, under the Goldschmidt and Barbara Roberts administrations, until 1992, serves as a volunteer for the OSU Cascade Advisory Board, the City of Bend Juniper Ridge Management Board, and is on the board for the Oregon Rush Soccer Club and doing work on economic development for Central Oregon. “My background and experience in economic development and tourism will assist the Council in implementing current and future goals and programs”.
We are very fortunate to have him!
Highway Rest Area Implementation
As TIC prepares to assume management of several rest areas throughout the state at the beginning of 2010, an integral part of the plan development is to create and facilitate local coalitions and convene a statewide visioning coalition as part of the process. Local coalitions will set surrounding communities vision for a specific rest area. The local coalitions are designed to create local jobs and ownership of the rest areas closest to their communities.
The Statewide Visioning Coalition, due to meet later this fall, is comprised of representatives from industries and organizations that bring knowledge of safety, economic development and tourism to the table to identify the key issues and over- arching goals for the state.