OTE - Oregon Travel Experience

Now Hiring: Sign Field Technician ($16.85 – $25.42 per hour)

Posted on: December 4th, 2018 by Jessica Carbone in News & Press |

OTE is now hiring one full-time Sign Field Technician. 
This posting is for one (1) full-time position based in our Salem main office location, with 40-50% overnight travel required to job sites throughout the state. Some overtime work hours required as needed. OTE sign operations personnel generally work weekdays, and often spend 1-6 hours per day traveling by work vehicle (generally with another crew member) to and from job sites through …

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Now Hiring: Fill-In Rest Area Technicians – $18.00 per hour

Posted on: October 29th, 2018 by Nancy DeSouza in News & Press |

OTE is Hiring Rest Area Technicians at locations statewide: Near Madras/Maupin (Cow Canyon), Eugene (Oak Grove & Cabin Creek), 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 and holidays. While technicians are hired for a …

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GeerCrest Orchard Dedicated as Oregon Heritage Trees

Posted on: October 12th, 2018 by Annie Von Domitz in News & Press |

Hawthorne Apple

On Friday, October 19, 2018, the Oregon Heritage Tree Program dedicated the GeerCrest Orchard as new Oregon Heritage Trees in Salem.
The year 1837 saw the beginnings of mass immigration to the Willamette Valley from the Eastern United States. The Willamette Valley, described to Americans in the East as an “Eden of the West,” had been shaped by millennia of active land management by a diverse native population including the Kalapuyan, …

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Yang Madrone Dedicated as an Oregon Heritage Tree

Posted on: June 27th, 2018 by Annie Von Domitz in News & Press |

 
 
 
 
 
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

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by Annie Von Domitz in News & Press |

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

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press |

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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New trees planted at Grove of the States

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | 2 Comments

Last year, a motivated group of volunteers 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 OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza.
[Make sure to visit the image gallery at the bottom of this page, it …

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Grove of the States Restoration Project

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press |

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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Gone but not forgotten – tree memorials

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Newsletter |

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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Grove of the States Arborist Work Day

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press |

Oregon’s Grove of the States enters active restoration phase

On November 11, 2016, a team of two dozen highly skilled volunteer arborists from four local companies sponsored a work day in Oregon’s Grove of the States to prepare the site for the next phase of its restoration.
Located at the southbound I-5 French Prairie Rest Area (at Milepost 281 near Wilsonville) the Grove is believed to be the oldest public arboretum of state …

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