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Message from Oregon State Parks Foundation

Dear Friends of Oregon State Parks:

We hope this newsletter finds you well, enjoying a lovely spring. By now you’ve probably decided which state parks you’ll visit this summer. Whether your list includes beaches, trails, waterfalls, and historical or cultural icons – we wish you many great outdoor adventures!

Earlier this spring Oregon’s community of business leaders and state park enthusiasts lost a dear friend, mentor and passionate leader with the passing of Brian Booth. In this issue we recognize Brian for his profound contribution to the vitality of Oregon’s state parks and share some exciting new things happening here at the Oregon State Parks Foundation.

We introduce readers to our new name – Oregon State Parks Foundation – our new logo, and an exciting iconic project slated for the year ahead: Cottonwood Canyon State Park.

We feature Cape Blanco State Park.

And we share with you some terrific news: Oregon State Parks Foundation has a new Executive Director, and his name is John Hoffnagle.

2012 continues to be productive year. As you make philanthropic decisions in the months ahead, we hope you will consider Oregon State Parks Foundation a priority.

We hope you enjoy these stories that inspire our work.

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: Cape Blanco State Park

Cape Blanco State ParkThis coastal state park offers more that just beautiful views and a historic lighthouse. Boasting many kinds of camping from pet friendly yurts and cabins to horse camps and regular campsites, this park has overnight accommodations for everyone! You will want a good place to sleep after exploring all the fun to be had at Cape Blanco State Park. History, hiking and more await you!

Cape Blanco is the most southern of Oregon's lights, and is the westernmost point in Oregon. Proposed in 1864, it was the first lighthouse in the state outfitted with a first-order Fresnel lens in 1870.The first-order lens was replaced with a second-order lens in 1936.

Work off your picnic lunch by hiking over eight miles of trails with many spectacular ocean vistas, woodland and wetland settings. Bring your horse and enjoy 7 miles of horse trails and the facilities in our horse camp. The group camp holds a maximum of 50 people, and can accommodate up to 24 vehicles. This total may include five or more self-contained RVs. If you expect to have more than five RVs or 24 total vehicles, call the park. The group camp has four fire rings, four picnic tables, four water spigots and vault toilets. Showers are located in main campground 1/4 mi. away.

No matter how you camp with us, don't forget a sunset walk along the headland beaches to finish out your day. Use our extra-large, private, sheltered campsites as your base of operations while you enjoy the lighthouse and historic Hughes House tours.

The lighthouse and historic home are open from April to October. The lighthouse tour, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, costs $2/adult (16 and older), free for youth under 15. The Hughes House tour is conducted by knowledgeable volunteers and is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and help fund restoration and maintenance of the house.

Lighthouse Tours
April-Oct. 31, Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Last tour ticket sold at 3:15 p.m. Gates close at 3:30 p.m.

Hughes House Tours
April-Oct. 31, Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The rest of the park, including the campground, is open year-round.

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Featured Event: Road Trip! Read the latest ParkVisitor™ adventure and share yours!

Road Trip!ParkVisitor recently traveled to Oregon to see firsthand what all the buzz was about, and we were overwhelmed with the awe inspiring views, tasty eateries, and the innovative and welcoming culture that has become synonymous with the Beaver State.

We began our journey in the grand town of Portland, which is a great base camp if you’re looking to explore the surrounding areas via day trips. With it’s outstanding restaurants, unique markets, interesting and friendly characters, the city makes a great setting for any getaway. Within minutes of downtown Portland, is Tryon Creek State Natural Area, which offers a wide array of accessible trails for both hikers and bikers. There are several cool paths which are all fairly moderate. The bustling wildlife, serene scenery, and convenience provided the perfect beginning to the day.

Traveling outside the city, we took the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, which hugs the Columbia River Gorge in a picturesque backdrop that whips around the tree-lined road. Along the way, we made our first pit stop to hike up the legendary Multnomah Falls - the second highest year-round waterfall in the US. With the mossy covered bedrock and lush greenery, we made our way up the steep (but manageable) incline as the fall’s cool mist revitalized us from the unseasonably warm, spring morning.

Afterwards, we drove a little further and checked out Viento State Park. Meaning “wind” in Spanish, it was not surprising to find it to be one of the best windsurfing spots in the area. There are also hiking trails and campsites that are easily accessible by car, as well as, historic railroads running along the base of the mountain that still carry large locomotives through the area.

Mt. HoodFurther east brought a great selection of lunch places. We decided to grab a bite at a local Hood River brewery, which also has a great beer tour allowing you to sample some delicious local brews. Their menu also contains many items and suggestions of great pairings with the beer!

Continuing around “the Fruit Loop Trail” we began to see the reason the Blossom Festival exists. The fruit trees were in full bloom and swept beautifully across the hillsides, as we headed toward Mt. Hood. We finally arrived at the base of the mountain and paused to admire the majesty, take in nature in all is glory, and yes, we had a snowball fight.


There are so many amazing sites to see in Oregon especially this time of year, so as a kickoff to summer share your favorite Oregon road trips with us! Submit your favorite road trip on our form by June 30 to be entered to win prizes including 2 free Oregon State Park Annual passes. We’ll post the stories on our Road Trip Insider Tips page and announce the winner July 1st!

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Welcome to our new Executive Director!

John HoffnagleOregon State Parks Foundation is very pleased to announce that John Hoffnagle has just assumed the helm as its new executive director. John is a fourth generation Oregonian with roots in Portland as well as in Eastern Oregon. Most recently John served as executive director of the Land Trust of Napa County where he has lived for the past 24 years. During that time he led the Land Trust in protecting over 50,000 acres of agricultural, open space, watershed and parkland and left the organization in a strong financial position. John looks forward to “hitting the ground running” and making great strides in fulfilling the mission of the Oregon State Parks Foundation.

Cottonwood Canyon State Park Planning and Development Continues

Cottonwood Canyon State ParkLocated along some seven miles of the John Day River about midway between Condon and Moro in Eastern Oregon, is a spectacular site soon to become a new jewel of a state park. It is projected to open September 2013.

When it opens, Cottonwood Canyon State Park will be the result of several years of planning and preparation, and it will open in stages as various services and facilities are completed. Activities planned will include hiking trails, camping sites, and educational opportunities to learn about the local history of ranching in the area. It is designed to minimize impact on the natural ecology, and give visitors a taste of wildness. Stay tuned for more on this exciting new park.

Honoring Brian Booth

Brian BoothThe Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission recently passed a resolution honoring Brian Booth, the first chairperson of the original commission (1990-97), who passed away March 7, 2012. He had been the first Chairperson of the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission and founding trustee of the Oregon State Parks Trust. His contribution to the arts in Oregon led to the founding of Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, and to the success of countless foundations, boards and commissions, demonstrating a love for all the special places in Oregon. He believed that a strong parks system is not only good public policy, but also a treasure to be preserved, and he worked tenaciously to bring about the 1998 ballot measure that succeeded in dedicating a portion of Oregon Lottery proceeds to state parks.

In April, the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission officially recognized and expressed its gratitude for Brian Booth’s remarkable gift of public service to the citizens of Oregon and to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The Board of Trustees of the Oregon State Parks Foundation also expresses sincere appreciation for all Brian Booth did for Oregon’s State Parks, including his role in the founding of the Oregon State Parks Trust (recently renamed Oregon State Parks Foundation).


Geico - Share Your StoryThere are so many amazing sites to see in Oregon especially this time of year, so as a kickoff to summer share your favorite Oregon road trips with us! Submit your favorite road trip on our form by June 30 to be entered to win prizes including 2 free Oregon State Park Annual passes. We’ll post the stories on our Road Trip Insider Tips page and announce the winner July 1st!

Sponsored by GEICO.
Before any road trip, make sure your car is ready for adventure. Car Safety Tips can be found at GEICO.COM.

Geico - Explore Your ParksSummer is here so you should be heading outdoors to play! Camping is a great way to bring your family together and leave the stress of everyday life behind. We have some great tips on how to make your summer adventures just a little more FUN!

Smart Energy carbon offset program Through a time-limited campaign NW Natural shareholders will donate $10 to OSPT for each new enrollment for their Smart Energy carbon offset program. If you are a NW Natural customer, we encourage you to take advantage of this unique offering. But you must sign up by June 29th, 2012! Please use tracking code SP2012OSPT to insure that your donation is credited to Oregon State Parks Trust (now Oregon State Parks Foundation).

Many thanks to NW Natural for including us in this program and to you for making a choice to support a healthy planet!

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