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Message from Oregon State Parks Trust

Dear Friends of Oregon State Parks:

We hope this newsletter finds you well, enjoying a peaceful winter season and daydreaming about which state parks you’ll visit this year.

2012 is off to a terrific start for Oregon State Parks Trust. As we embrace the exciting work of the new year, we are also taking time to reflect on 2011 – a year that was filled with connection, momentum, and inspiration.

We are pleased to share with you some of the highlights of our accomplishments – along with our enormous gratitude for the great community of volunteers, donors, foundations, organizations and businesses that believe in the unique opportunity we offer to support our magnificent state parks system. Click here to see who made it all possible.

2011 Highlights:

  • Completed Phase I of the “Fort Yamhill: Connecting Place & People” campaign, which raised $236,215 to restore and rebuild key elements of this important historical and cultural site.
  • Supported Let’s Go Camping by outfitting first-time campers with kingdom tents thanks to our friends at REI. This popular program introduces families to camping and outdoor recreation.
  • Initiated planning for Cottonwood Canyon State Park Education & Interpretive Center, which was recently designated by the Governor as an Oregon Solutions project. We look forward to playing a leadership role in this fund-raising effort.
  • Retained the Nonprofit Association of Oregon to assist the board of trustees in strategic planning.
  • Selected by the Harvard Business School Association of Oregon to participate in its Community Partners program.
  • Secured critical funding through partnerships with NW Natural’s Smart Energy program, The North Face, and EarthShare.

Our plan for 2012 is that it will be a year that exceeds all expectations. As you make philanthropic decisions in the months ahead, we hope you will consider making Oregon's state parklands a priority.

We hope you enjoy the following stories that inspire our work.

Warm regards,

Kristen Stram
Kristen Stram, Board Chair

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Featured Park: Valley of the Rogue State Park… Trail Now Open!

Valley of the Rogue State ParkThe trail at Valley of the Rogue officially opened June 4, 2011, State Parks Day. Now you can explore Valley of the Rogue State Park from one end to the other.

Bicyclists and walkers have a paved, 3½-mile trail stretching between the park’s east entrance and the west boundary. The 10-foot wide trail follows the Rogue River most of the way. Eventually, the trail will be the middle portion of the Rogue River Greenway trail, a proposed route between Central Point and Grants Pass. The Valley of the Rogue section is the longest segment completed.

Beyond the new trail, a pleasant green oasis awaits you in southern Oregon's Rogue Valley. Valley of the Rogue Park has both a day-use picnic area and an overnight campground along three miles of shoreline on the Rogue River. A meeting hall is available for camping groups. An easy, self-guided interpretive walking trail provides a relaxing 1.25 mile stroll along the river's edge.

Camp and play along the river made famous by novelist and avid fisherman Zane Grey. The campground is also a great place to stay while taking in the local culture, history, and recreation opportunities in the area. Stay with us while you take trips to Crater Lake National Park, the Oregon Caves National Monument, historic Jacksonville, Ashland's Shakespeare Festival, or the Britt Music Festival. The park is ideally located to give you all of this, plus friendly local shops, museums, and sights of interest. We are open all year and have Discovery Rates from October 1st through April 30th. The Rogue Valley awaits your arrival.

Featured Event: No tent? No sleeping bag? No problem! Let’s Go Camping 2012 schedule set.

Let's Go Camping!The Oregon State Parks Trust is proud to support the Let's Go Camping program. This year the program is expanding, and it is great to know of the families who have enjoyed participating.

Camping newbie? For just $20, your entire family can camp in an Oregon State Park.

All you bring is your food and clothes. We supply the tents, sleeping bags and skilled camping volunteers. Learn how to pitch a tent and build a campfire. Watch experts whip up a Dutch oven meal.

Visit Let’s Go Camping for more information. Call 1-888-953-7677 to register for a session

The events are co-sponsored by REI and The North Face.

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Lets Go Camping at Silver Falls State Park (2011)

Do You Get Excited Watching Eagles?

Do You Get Excited Watching Eagles?If so, come to Lake Billy Chinook in Central Oregon! Breeding pairs of both bald and golden eagles live year-round in the land surrounding Lake Billy Chinook.

Eagles gathered in one area are called a convocation. Between January and March, migratory bald eagles from throughout North America join the permanent residents. The annual winter gathering of bald eagles is one of the largest in Oregon.

Special events were held there February 25-26, but the opportunity to view eagles in their habitat continues through March. So right now is a perfect time for the entire family to visit for this magnificent spectacle. PGE Round Butte Overlook Park is perched above Lake Billy Chinook, and is a great place for viewing as well.

Need Summer Planning Help?

Need summer help planning?Now is the time we start thinking about the arrival of spring and the coming summer. In our glorious state there is so much to do outdoors it can be hard to sort out, and hard to know what is happening far enough ahead to plan for.We have compiled some great resources to help you find great activities to keep you busy in the great outdoors. Here are three great links to keep handy as summer approaches!


KIDS! ...

Oregon Junior RangerWant to learn more about the plants and animals in your favorite park? Join a Junior Ranger program!

Most parks do their Junior Ranger games and crafts in the summer. They start around Memorial Day at the end of May, just before school gets out. Park Rangers and other people lead nature walks and other things on the weekends.

But you don't need to wait for a nature walk to work on getting stamps in your Junior Ranger Passport. There are a lot of things you can do on your own or with friends (or even with your family). When you get to a park, any time of year, look for things you can do to:

Jump to the Junior Ranger event schedule for more information!

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:

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:

For more RV safety information visit Geico.

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Rate a Park

Do you want to share your experiences about your favorite Oregon State Park? Rate a Park, share a picture, let others know about your favorite trails, pet accommodations, great wildlife in the area, and other details of your journeys. Also, see what others have to say about parks on your list to visit. Facebook, Yelp, Twitter, You Tube, park activity information and more all in one place!

To rate an Oregon state park click here.

Find out which Oregon state parks has the highest ParkVisitor™ score here!

Special thanks for supporting Oregon’s state parks in 2011!

Paul W. Adams and Virgina Gold-Adams
T. Paul and Tarillis J. Adams
Dennis Adrian
Dave and Peggy Albertine
Russ Allbery
David H. and Lyn Anderson
James and Rebecca Anderson
Kraig E. Anderson and Cici Polson
Oscar and Dorothy Anderson
Richard D. Anderson
Anonymous in recognition of Chris Cowell
Anonymous EarthShare Oregon Donors
James and Mary Ann Asaph
Verne and Carolyn Asher
Gregory Ashton
Gennaro W. and Marilyn Manser Avolio
Jeff and Sandy Axel
Robert J. Bailey
Chris C. Baker
Clennin and Kathleen Baker
Louise M. Bandick
Todd S. and Sarah A. Baran
Robert and Phyllis Barker
Bruce S. and Dianne Barnes
Beverly K. Barr
Robert Bastian and Barbara Wagner
Marion Beals
Lucille S. Beck
Sally P. and J. R. Bell
Bruce L. and L. Jo Bennett
Gayle and Thomas Bennett
Howard Berkowitz
Tracy Berry and Lloyd Paseman
Jochen and Deborah Bettag
Betty's Books
Hank Beuttel
Rhonda R. Bishop
Lawrence and Susan Black
Laurie Munro Bloch
Brian G. and Gwyneth Gamble Booth
Carolyn Harrang Bowden
Jerry and Deborah Boyd
Jerry Brask
Edward Brooks and Judith Louise Brazee
Gregory A. and Linda L. Brown in honor of Joe and Jan Weihmann
Shirley R. Brown
William and Tina Brown
Stephen J. Brownfield
Patricia L. Bruggere
Larry Buchholz and Debra Timm
Evelyn I. Burke
B. Bennett Burns and Andrew Rowe
Scott F. and Glenda Burns
BusinessWorks, LLC
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Bruce and Ramona Cahn
Peni A. Camarata
Duncan and Cynthia Campbell
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George B. Case
Elaine Casey
Corby, Terri, Aaron and Megan Chappell
Yung-Pin Chen
Larry and Nancy Church
Brenda B. Clark
Harry and Vernetta Clark
Helen L. Conover
Bruce D. and Dianne R. Copper
Alan D. Corbin
Kristi and Wayne Cox
Judith Randels-Crandall
Don Crossley
Linda C. Crouse and Christopher D. Cassard
Kathryn Cunningham
Curtis Trailers
Alan P. Cutler
Cycle Oregon
Bill Dahl
John D. and Mary Lou Daily
William B. Dalton
David Evans and Associates, Inc.
Norm Davis
Doug Decker
Donald G. DeLisle
James R. and Doris L. Delp
Daniel Denny
Beverly DeYoung
Lorena S. Dornfeld
Jon Downs
Amy Drew in recognition of Jacqui DeGraw
Stephen and Nancy Dudley
James H. Dunlap
James C. and Barbara J. Dusevoir
Roy and Jan Dwyer
Michael G. Earp and Tracey S. Elliott, In Honor of Charles S. Elliott
David Lee Eddy
John and Patricia Edmundson
Lindsey W Ellison and Joshua D Yoder
John R. and Jane M. Emrick
Julie Emry and Dave Dougherty, in honor of Bennett Burns
Environmental Print
Alan F. and Myra Erwin
Nancie Peacocke Fadeley
Christine Q. Farris
R. G. and Deborah Fellman
William and Carol Ferguson, in memory of Roland Adams
Karen Fero, in memory of Tami Hillyard
Susan Filkins
Joanne Fitzgerald
Myron J. and Pat Fleck
Carol Forbes
Patrick and Cynthia Jackson Ford
David M. and Dorothea E. Fradkin
Janet E. Franco
Dorothy Frear
John Gale and Sandra Joos
Morris J. Galen
Lancelot J. and Susan M. Garvin, III
Jason Gates
Jeanette M. Gent and R. Richard Crockett
Janice O. Gerdemann
Richard and Barbara Gicking
Julia H. Goelz
G. M. and Diane S. Golner
Good Solutions Group
David M. Grant
James R. and Janice K. Graves
Jay Graves
John D. Gray
Mary Jane Gray 
Michael E. Gray
Walter H. Grebe
Leslie and Alice Green
Gary Guttormsen on behalf of Owen, Savannah, and Emma
Glen E. Guttormsen
William J. and Martha A. Hall
Charles K. Hamar
Philip C. and Rose Marie Hamilton
Garrick Harmel
Brian P. Harney
Havard Business School Association of Oregon
Johanna M. Hastay
Harriet S. Hayes, Jr.
Manuel and Joan Hedges
Eve and Denis Heidtmann
David Hellings
Edward L. Hendricks
Charles William and Wilma Hens
Lynn and Don Herring
Mr. Theodore G. Herzog
Paul and Sharon Hess
Debbie Hewett
James R. and Carol Dey Hibbs
Dennis H. and Christine N. Hill
Mark and Donna Hinds
Karl and Laura Hinrichs
Douglas Hintzman
Nina M Hipperson
Surah Hirsch and Aurelio Duran
Molly L. Hoeflich
Raymond C. and Sally M. Hollemon
Brian C. and Georgeanne H. Horn
Gerald R. and Beth Hulsman
Marjorie Iburg
Andrew Janssen
Marian Jensen
Lee Jimerson
Edward and Judith Jindrich
Forrest N. Johnson
Mark Johnson
Richard W. and Lois W. Johnston
Gary J. Jones and Sarah D. Wright
Marilyn Jones and Dennis Schindele
Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Vidya Kale
Judy Kaplan
Teresa and Jeff Kaufman
Jane D. Keating
Michael Keiser
Kern & Thompson LLC
Lee F. and Perky Kilbourn
Charles and Reida Kimmel
Larry and Donna Kirk
Edward H. and Marjorie Kirschbaum
Glenn A. Klein
Jeanette Kloos

Karin and David LaBriere
Paul G. Lambertsen
Cameron Lane
Stephen O. and Cynthia W. Lane
Jerome S. Larson
Jean Leach
Joyce Lear, in memory of Frank Williams
P. Jayne Lebsac
Sylvia Lee
Julie Leong
Norbert and Christine Leupold
Hiram Waye and Judith Lew Li
Lieuallen Linn
Trevor Livingston
Loewenstern Foundation
Mary M. Loftin
Keely and Michael Lyons
John and Patricia MacLean
Bob and Elizabeth Main
Donna J. and Clayton B. Mathieson
Joanie C. May
Bonnie and Brian McCarty
Evelyn McConnaughey
William Troy McCraw
Mark R. and Patricia F. McKelvie
John S. and Joan G. McKillop
Mindy Ann McKinstry
Mike and Mary McMenamin
John F. Meckel and Barbara Traver
John B. and Betsy B. Messer
Linda S. and Eric G. Mihata
James Gordon Miller
Jeff and Laura Miller
Seth Miller
Betty Emery Miner
Robert A. and Sara J. Mitchell $25
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Frank and Karen Nicolas
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Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
Vicki Osis
Paul and Mallory Otis
Rebecca Owen
Judson M. Parsons and Diana Gardener
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Tina Pavelic
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Patricia A. Stenaros
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Kyleen Stone
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Jon P. and Janet S. Stride
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Barbara West and John Taylor
Gary and Laura Templeman
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Thompson RV Inc., in memory of Chuck West
Thompson RV Inc., in memory of John Bott
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United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
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