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Dear Oregon State Park Trust Supporters,


We hope you are enjoying a lovely summer. In the meantime, Oregon State Parks Trust has been involved in an exciting and positive look at its future direction with some outstanding outside assistance.

The Harvard Business School Association of Oregon selected OSPT this spring for its Community Partners Program. This program provides not-for-profit organizations an opportunity to partner with a Harvard Business School Alumni team to assist with an identified area of concern. OSPT was selected through a competitive process by HBSAO, and work began April 1st. Over a 90-day period, the HBSAO team worked jointly with our board to develop a strategic business plan and marketing tools to help us move forward with greater success. We were thrilled to work with this talented team and thank them for their generous donation of time and expertise! We also thank the many individuals, foundations and businesses that were willing to be interviewed by the team for their perspective on the work of OSPT.

Our trustees are currently assessing the team's final report to complete a plan of action for the future of Oregon State Parks Trust. In the meantime, teams on our board are in place to work on branding and communications, including strengthening our case for support based on community feedback, researching membership opportunities and identifying staffing needs.

Keep an eye out for more changes in OSPT; the best is yet to come!

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Featured Park: Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site

Imagine yourself traveling along a section of the Applegate Trail in the late 1800s. Your stagecoach has just arrived at the Wolf Creek Inn. This is a long-sought-after refuge from a not-so-comfortable portage over mountains and across valleys. After paying 75 cents for a room, bath and meals, you're ready to relax. You sit down to a good meal and some easy conversation with the innkeepers. Afterward, the men sidle off to the tap room for some quaffs of beer while the ladies adjourn to the parlor. The conversation drifts from tales of inspirational beauty to frightful experiences of the trail.

The rooms are no longer 75 cents, but the refuge is preserved in its original state. Take a step back in time and visit the Inn, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. In front of the tavern, you'll find interpretive panels depicting life on the Applegate Trail. The Inn still provides lodging and meals to the weary traveler.

The Inn was built around 1883 for Henry Smith, a local merchant-entrepreneur. Wolf Creek Tavern, as it was known then, was exceptionally well-crafted by local sawyers. It served local traffic to mines and stage travelers connecting between Roseburg and Redding prior to the completion of the Oregon and California railroad through the Siskiyou Mountains in 1887.

Wolf Creek Inn is the oldest continuously-operated hotel in the Pacific Northwest. It is here that Jack London completed his novel Valley Of The Moon. As an important stop on the 16-day stagecoach journey from San Francisco to Portland, the Wolf Creek Inn has housed practically every important person found in the Northwest during the early history of Oregon.

Back in the early days of movies, the Inn became a refuge for beleaguered actors seeking an escape from demanding Hollywood studios. Clark Gable was a good friend of the innkeeper in the 1930s and stopped by several times while fishing the Rogue River just a few miles west of the Inn. Other visitors that have signed the guest register include Carol Lombard and Orson Wells.

Between 1975 and 1979, the Inn was acquired by the State of Oregon and restored. Wolf Creek Tavern is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is among the best preserved and oldest active travelers inns in Oregon.

Visit Wolf Creek Inn for online reservations, room rates, restaurant hours and menus, or call (541) 866-2474.

Featured Event: The SOLV Beach and Riverside Cleanup on September 17th!

Sign up today to volunteer on September 17th with SOLV at one of your local state parks. SOLV is a nonprofit organization that brings organizations together to improve the environment and build a legacy of stewardship.

Other Events in September:

Wallowa Lake Tipi Open House & Nez Perce
Sep 1, 2011 at Wallowa Lake State Park. 3-5 p.m. Tipi Open House: Rock Art. 8:30 p.m. Wallowa Nez Perce Go Into Exile
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Silver Falls Hike & Forest Animals
Sep 1, 2011 at Silver Falls State Park. 2 p.m. Hike in the Mist Zone: Plant ID Hike. 8 p.m. Lions & Rangers & Bears, Oh My!
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Tumalo Something Fishy about the Deschutes
Sep 2, 2011 at Tumalo State Park. 8:30 p.m. Presentation.
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Silver Falls Crusty Old Pioneers
Sep 2, 2011 at Silver Falls State Park. 8 p.m. Crusty Old Pioneers: The Lowly, Likeable Lichen.
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Farewell Bend Pigments & Dyes & Jeopardy
Sep 2, 2011 at Farewell Bend State Recreation Area. 10 a.m. Natural Pigments and Dyes. See how early man left messages on rocks with pigments and dyes. Crooked River program area. 7:30 p.m. Cove Jeopardy. Join us for a highly spirited game of trivia. Crooked River program area.
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Featured Park Video: L.L. Stub Stewart State Park

Steve Kruger, Trails Coordinator at L.L. Stub Stewart, provides some insider tips, favorite spots and featured activities in the park.

Let's Go Camping a Success in 2011! Sign up for 2012 Today

Let's Go CampingOregon Parks and Recreation Department's Let's Go Camping program offers the families of novice campers an opportunity to experience an overnight in Oregon's great outdoors. For only $20 per family, Let's Go Camping offers free gear, hands-on lessons, nature hikes and plenty of s'mores to make camping easy and fun for the whole family.

Experienced staff and volunteers present core programs, such as Camping Basics, The 10 Essentials of Hiking, Leave No Trace, Dutch Oven Cooking, and Fire Building and Safety. State park rangers lead the group on educational and recreational activities in beautiful parks all over our fine state. These camping families get to have fun, make memories and learn more about camping in our parks. Let's Go Camping is shaping Oregon's future generations of outdoor enthusiasts, recreation advocates and Oregon State Park supporters. The Let's Go Camping program was fortunate this season to receive a generous donation from the Oregon Trust Fund of two new tents to make camping dreams come true.

Here are a few camper testimonials:

"Perfect program for single moms w/kids or people who have not camped with kids. Those are memories we will always have."

"We loved it. We think the program was awesome."

"Great experience overall. Will tell others about it and recommend they do it. Love the low cost!"

The 2011 schedule featured 14 events in parks all over Oregon. On several of the summer weekends, there were two events held on the same weekend in different parks. This year, there have been over 200 registrants for Let's Go Camping events. These campers have enjoyed nature hikes, bat chats, Dutch oven cuisine, frisbee golf, fishing practice, wild huckleberries, kayaking, singing and roasting s'mores around the campfire and much more. We are looking to expand the number of Let's Go Camping events in 2012 with registration beginning soon after the first of the year. For more detailed information, check out the Oregon State Parks Let's Go Camping page!

Saddle Mountain State Natural Area: Inspirational Summit

Saddle Mountain State Natural Area Two and a half miles. That's all it is from the parking lot (elev. 1,650') to the summit of Saddle Mountain (elev. 3,283'). Be prepared to marvel at the sheer volume of natural beauty packed onto the mountain, from a mature forest setting to fields of wildflowers to an open rocky summit. The view from the top of the mountain is one that cannot be described ... it must be experienced.

The trip to the top isn't an everyday stroll through the woods, though. Come prepared with water and layered clothing. The temperature is very different at the summit than in the parking lot. Wear appropriate shoes for rough terrain and be prepared for some steep grades, which make for interesting climbing. A nice walking stick and friend's hand are helpful in many areas. As you climb, though, remember to look up and out at the landscape before you. Also look down at the wild floral show that may only exist at that elevation. Take frequent breaks and enjoy this unique landscape as well as the beauty of the forest below you.

More info on Saddle Mountain State Natural Area

Heceta Head Lighthouse Closed for Construction

Heceta LighthouseHeceta Head Lighthouse parking lots and trail will close to the public for approximately seven weeks beginning August 15, 2011. There will be no access to the park or lighthouse until the work is completed hopefully by the end of September.

The US Forest Service (USFS) and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) are partnering to improve the west parking lot and the uneven, erosion-prone ½-mile trail leading to the lighthouse. The east parking lot also will close to serve as a staging area for the project contractor. The USFS and OPRD are partnering on the project because the work occurs on lands owned by both.

The project will reshape and repave the west parking lot to improve drainage and repair erosion damage, chronic problems at the site. A new sidewalk leading to the beach will improve accessibility to the beach. Trail work includes installing culverts and shifting parts of the trail into the hillside, a safety move to counter severe erosion. New benches and interpretive signs will be added to the trail, and the trail surface at the lighthouse will be improved.

The historic assistant lighthouse keeper's house, which the USFS operates through a concessionaire as a B&B, will remain open, although parking will be limited.
Although the parking lot and trail project is expected to take four to seven weeks, much of the work depends on the weather.

The Oregon State Parks Trust is glad to see the improvements for better access to the park, as OSPT in the past has raised and provided funds for renovation work on the lighthouse.

Click here for more info on Heceta Head Lighthouse and State Scenic Viewpoint.

Oregon State Parks Trust has a new home:

Oregon State Parks Trust wants our supporters to know that in the middle of August we moved our office to a new location. Our e-mail remains the same, but our new office address, phone and fax are:

Oregon State Parks Trust
888 SW 5th Ave, Ste 1600
Portland, OR 97204-2099
Phone: 503.802.5750
Fax: 503.972.7450

Please join us in a big thank you to Tonkon Torp LLP for so graciously donating office space for our new home. We are also grateful to David Evans and Associates, Inc. for housing OSPT for the past five years!

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GEICO RV Safety Tips

In order to stay safe on the road make sure to take precautions before you even begin your trip.

Realize your size. Many road mishaps occur because of an RV's additional size and weight. For instance, operators accidentally drive under an overpass without enough clearance because they forget about the additional height. Know your RV's height and keep it handy. Also know the clearances of the bridges and tunnels along your route - especially on back roads. A road atlas specifically for RVers or semi drivers can help.

Maintenance is important. An RV that's mechanically sound will be less apt to break down. Be meticulous about maintenance. Make a pre-trip checklist and do an inspection every time you get behind the wheel. Utilize these safety tips to ensure the proper maintenance of your RV:

• Inspect all belts, and hoses for cracking and replace where required
• Check headlights, turn signal, tail lights
• Check your tires for the correct air pressure and sufficient tread depth
• Check any hitch or towing equipment
• Check your fire extinguishers and smoke alarms
• Clean your cooking vent hood to avoid grease fires
• Make sure food is secured safely within kitchen cabinets

Have a plan if you do break down. Carry your cell phone and know the emergency numbers to call. Also leave your itinerary with relatives or friends in case of emergency.
Adjust for weather. Heavy winds, rain, fog, and ice make RV driving treacherous. If possible, plan your trip to avoid bad weather or factor in extra time so you can delay travel if necessary.
Always wear safety belts. Passengers should be belted in also. Laws don't require RV's to have safety belts in all areas where passengers can sit, but it is better to be safe so buckle up!

Most common causes of RV accidents include:
• Fires that occur from leaking LP gas (propane)
• Tire blowouts - overloading, under inflated or old tires
• RV awnings and steps - RV outside steps not put away before traveling and not storing awning properly    during travel and questionable weather
• Clearance and height driving mistakes - RVs hitting bridges and gas station overhangs
• Overloading - uneven weight can cause restricted braking and steering
• Slide-Out - making sure that the slide-outs are retracted before driving away
• Pests, bugs, rodent infestations - when the RV is stored for any period of time, mice, squirrels and many    other rodents are well known for chewing on the wires, plastic and rubber lines in the RV
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For more RV safety information visit Geico.

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