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News & Press

  • Now Hiring: Fill-In Rest Area Technicians – $16.51 per hour

    OTE is Hiring Rest Area Technicians at locations statewide: Near Madras/Maupin (Cow Canyon), Eugene (Oak Grove & Cabin Creek), Salem (The Maples & Santiam), Wilsonville (French Prairie), and Seaside (Sunset).
    Rest Area Technicians are temporary/on-call employees who are not scheduled to work regular hours, but are available to perform fill-in work as needed; rest areas are staffed every day of the year, and temporary employees are frequently scheduled to work weekends …

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  • Yang Madrone Dedicated as an Oregon Heritage Tree

     
     
     
     
     
    News Release from Oregon Travel Experience
    On Friday, July 13, 2018, the Oregon Heritage Tree Program dedicated the Yang Madrone as a new heritage tree in Corvallis, Oregon.
    The large Pacific Madrone tree overlooking the Yang house was planted by Hoya Yang to complement the house his wife, Edith Yang, designed. In 1954, Edith became the first female minority architect licensed in Oregon. She designed many buildings in the area and …

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  • Grove of the States dedicated as Oregon Heritage Trees on their 50th Anniversary

    On August 28 2017, the Oregon Heritage Tree Program celebrated the induction of Oregon’s Grove of the States, a historic arboretum containing trees for each US state and the District of Columbia.
    Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, ODOT director Matt Garrett and members of the Oregon Travel Information Council joined the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee to commemorate the day and induct the Grove as Heritage Trees. The local Boy Scout Troop …

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  • Oregon Heritage Tree Advocate Paul Reis Honored

    The Oregon Heritage Tree Program awarded 2017 Maynard C. Drawson Memorial Award to educator and arborist Paul Ries. Ries will receive a plaque recognizing his contributions to preserving Oregon’s notable trees.
    Ries was a founding member of the Oregon Heritage Tree Program and personal friend to Maynard Drawson. Drawson is considered to be the founding father of the program; the award was created in 2015 as a way to honor his …

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Oregon Travel Information Council

The Oregon Travel Information Council is responsible for governing the agency, which operates under the assumed business name of Oregon Travel Experience. The Council is composed of eight volunteers appointed by the Governor and one member of the Oregon Transportation Commission. At least one appointee must reside in each of Oregon’s five congressional districts. The Council meets quarterly to fulfill its mission of creating a great visitor experience by providing directions to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon’s resources, and ensuring safe and convenient travel. Meet the Council members.

Council meetings and minutes

Find out when our governing council will meet next or review minutes from the last meeting.

Grove of the States Sponsorship Packet

If you would like to be one of the first businesses included on new signs that will honor the Grove of the States, now is your chance. Oregon Travel Experience is offering several sponsorship levels to help fund French Prairie Rest Area’s “Grove of the States Restoration Project.” Your business name will be seen by over two million travelers who stop at the rest area when the project is completed in August 2017. Learn more about how you can help sustain this unique public space.

Community Heritage Tree Program directory

pdxOur online heritage tree directory provides information about various city and county notable tree programs across the state. The directory is a great resource if you’re planning a weekend sightseeing trip or local walking tour, or if you wish to nominate a tree that has not met the statewide program criteria.

 

Heritage Program Brochure 2017

The Oregon Heritage Tree and Historical Programs have updated their most popular and widely distributed biennial publication: the “Guide to Oregon Historical Markers & Heritage Trees” map brochure. This full color 20-page, glovebox size brochure lists all Heritage Tree and Historical and Regional Marker sites (up to 2017) across Oregon. If you would like copies of this free publication, please contact Jessica Carbone at 800-574-9397, or request by email.

OTE’s skilled team is ready to serve you

kurt_valdezAll of us at OTE are committed to making your Oregon highway experience a great one. From the men and women ensuring your safety at our rest areas to the people helping you navigate a highway logo sign application, OTE employees agree that customers come first. It’s a big road out there and we’re here to help. If you would like to learn more about us, our bios are posted on the OTE staff page.

Program Quick Links

Pay your permit fees online

VISA_combo_graphicOTE offers an easy and secure online payment option for your sign and kiosk permit fees. Simply connect to the OTE US Bancorp payment site. You'll see the OTE logo on the banner at the top. A convenience fee with be charged for this transaction and is non-refundable. To provide this service to you as a State agency we use a specialized service fee model where this convenience fee is collected directly by the credit card processing company to process the payment. If this payment is for a charitable contribution, the convenience fee is not tax-deductible. Contact us if you need help with this option by email, or by telephone at 503-373-0086.

Oregon Travel Experience Tourist Oriented DirectionalHighway Business Signs: A cost effective tool for local businesses to gain exposure along busy highways. Blue logo signs direct motorists to essential services and nearby attractions.

Rest Areas: Oregon Travel Experience supervises 29 rest areas at 17 locations around the state. Stop and rest, walk the dog and let the kids jump and run. See where Oregon Travel Experience’s rest areas are located and why we take your safety seriously.

coffeeFree Coffee Program: The Highway Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program helps save lives by decreasing driver fatigue. This program is permitted by OTE and run by volunteer non-profit groups. For immediate information about this program, telephone 503-373-0155.

 Permit Programs: Oregon Travel Experience connects you with the latest traveler information. Both businesses and motorists benefit from exposure in our travel information centers. If you want fast information about panels or brochure placement, telephone 503-373-0090.

The "Mother Oak," part of the Ellmaker Heritage Grove honored in Veneta.Heritage Trees: Want to learn more about these spectacular beauties? Come visit our map and detail pages and listen to an audio tour.

 

 

Historical Markers: A venerable program handed down through the generations, Oregon’s historical markers can be the focus of a weekend family outing.