Photo Webinar, Wildfire fund, Cottonwood Crossing, and more
Photo Webinar, Wildfire fund, Cottonwood Crossing, and more
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Dear Friend,
The first funds from our Wildfire Tree replacement fund have been allocated to the request from the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to help replace trees burned in State Parks by last summer’s extraordinary wildfires.

With the help of a $50,000 matching challenge grant from Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, we were able to provide funding for planting 76,000 Ponderosa Pine seedlings to replace trees burned in 380 of the 580 acres of Collier State Park and Logging Museum.
We were also able to fund the replanting of 25,000 seedlings at Silver Falls State Park, 25,000 seedlings at Ben & Kay Dorris State Recreation Area (along the McKenzie River), 2,000 seedlings at North Santiam State Park, and provide funds for the planting of another 25,000 seedlings in other parks with smaller amounts of damage.

These seedlings have been ordered and will be planted in the Fall of 2022.
Donate to the Wildfire Fund Now

Photo Tips & Tricks Webinar scheduled for Monday, July 19th at 7pm

Four accomplished photographers, two professionals and two amateurs, will join us in this Member-Only event to talk about their favorite techniques for generating stunning nature images across Oregon.
  • Cal Mukumoto, a forestry consultant from Southwestern Oregon who travels the state frequently and always has his camera at the ready.
  • Eric Valentine, a retired Circuit Court Judge and a frequent e-biker and photographer, who publishes many his best photos in calendars of Eastern Oregon images.
  • Rick Schafer, a long-time professional photographer who publishes calendars and books of his photography, with special emphasis on the Oregon Coast.
  • Tim Wood, the retired former director of the Oregon State Parks department, filming birds, flowers and landscapes in the Lake Oswego and Sun River areas
Pre-registration is required. This is a special event for members of Oregon Parks Forever, which is free to members.  If you are not already a member, consider becoming one today! 
Become a Member Today!

July’s Featured Park: Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin, OR

Located 30 miles north of Klamath Falls on Highway 97, Collier Memorial State Park includes a campground, logging museum, and multiple day-use sites on forestland along the Williamson river. The campground is still closed while undergoing repair from wildfire damage last year. In addition to the museum, there are two day-use sites that have reopened since the fire. Williamson River and Spring Creek areas offer picnic areas, hiking trails, and opportunities for fishing and kayaking. The logging museum was opened in 1947 and offers visitors a close-up look at the history of logging with a large collection of logging equipment and artifacts. 
Oregon Parks Forever provided funds to renovate the Collier Memorial State Park Logging Museum in 2004. The funds provided to the Collier State Park Logging Museum in 2004 were used to restore and preserve equipment, construct new displays and install a kiosk with interpretive materials. In 2020, this museum was threatened by wildfires that had already damaged much of the Collier Memorial State Park land. With much work, fire crews were able to preserve the buildings. While some equipment was damaged, park staff is optimistic that items are not beyond repair. Overall, Collier State Park was severely impacted by the wildfires and wind storms, losing approximately 400 acres of ponderosa pines
Collier State Park is one of the first Oregon parks to receive funds from Oregon Parks Forever for replanting forest areas damaged by the wildfires.
You can help preserve and protect Oregon's parks with a donation to Oregon Parks Forever.
Donate now: the first 10 donations who contribute $25 or more today will receive a Collier Memorial State Park sticker and patch courtesy of our merchandise partner, Patchmarks.

Make a Donation Today
Shown above, Jacob Preator and Ethan Williams demonstrate the bench they built, with a table at one end and a solar charging station at the other. All of this is anchored by Rock Jacks (boxes filled with rocks), to provide stability in areas where digging is not possible.

Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute Reopens after COVID pandemic

A small but hearty group of students from four Oregon High Schools, college mentors from Eastern Oregon University and instructors from EOU and Arlington High School met the week of June 13th for the ninth annual Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Oregon Parks Forever helps fund this event.
Students learned about solar energy and constructing park benches with built-in solar charging stations for visitors to charge their electronics while out in the park; others found over 500 species of macroinvertebrates in the John Day River; a third group learned about storytelling through photography, with the addition this year of night-time photography of stars in the dark skies at Cottonwood.
Read More News on our Website

Craft Oregon Beverage Makers Partner with Oregon Parks Forever

The “You Buy One, We Plant One” campaign will donate $1 from every purchase to plant one tree.
Pelican Brewing, Portland Cider, Sunriver Brewing, and Stoller Wine Group will each donate $1 towards Oregon Parks Forever’s Wildfire replanting fund for each 6-pack of cans or 375mL canned wine product sold during the months of July and August.
Learn more about the campaign
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Oregon Parks Forever is a statewide, member-supported nonprofit dedicated to raising funds to enhance and preserve special places and experiences in Oregon's parks.
Oregon Parks Forever
503-966-1283 |
1501 SW Jefferson St. Portland, OR 97201
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