Oregon Archaeology Month, Smart Energy Donation, new sticker designs
Oregon Archaeology Month, Smart Energy Donation, new sticker designs
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October Featured Park:
Fort Stevens

Dear Friend,
Up near Astoria, in the most northwestern corner of the State, exists one of the largest public campgrounds in the country. Fort Stevens State Park is named for the fort that once guarded the mouth of the Columbia River, which was in service up until World War II. The fort was one of the few places where World War II came to the shores of the United States.

In June of 1942, the Imperial Japanese submarine I-25 fired on Fort Stevens. Though the shots completely missed the battery at which they were aimed, at least a couple rounds came close. Today, there are only slight depressions remaining from the shelling. The fort did not return fire, as they were in blackout, and did not want to reveal their position. The Japanese submarine was eventually chased off by bombs from an A-29 Hudson bomber called to the location.

What remains of the battery is open to the public. You can easily see where the large guns were mounted, and the elevator shafts for ammunition. From the visitor’s center there are trails for wildlife viewing along the jetty and Trestle Bay.

In addition to the ruins of Battery Russell, the wreck of an English sailing ship that sank in a 1906 storm sits on the beach below. The Peter Iredale is accessible at low tide and is a popular spot for taking photos.

At the Northernmost end of the park, there is a nesting area reserved for the Western Snowy Plover, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. During the spring and summer, these shorebirds lay their eggs in shallow depressions in the sand.
The campground at Fort Stevens State Park is open year-round and includes over 500 sites – including ADA sites, yurts, and cabins. The campground also includes nine walk-in hiker/biker tent sites. Oregon Parks Forever worked with OPRD to install hiker/biker camp amenities here in 2017.

Oregon Parks Forever needs members to help us continue to enhance and preserve our natural areas. Would you consider making a donation today? 
Donate to Oregon Parks Forever

October is Oregon Archaeology Month

Oregon is rich in cultural history and also a state where many significant discoveries have been made about the early indigenous North American cultures. Some of these finds have contributed to the theory that human residence on the continent began much earlier than is widely accepted.
Some of oldest sites in Oregon include the Indian Sands site in Boardman State Park, and the Fort Rock Cave near Fort Rock State Natural Area, each producing evidence of human habitation from more than 10,000 years ago. Enjoying and appreciating this ancient history of our State is best done at a distance; most sites are not publicly accessible and have been previously damaged by vandals and artifact hunters. However, there are many places to visit and learn about the lives of the peoples here long ago. Read the full Article>>

2021 Smart Energy donation

For the past 11 years, Northwest Natural has encouraged customers to sign up for their Smart Energy program during their Spring membership promotion. They have promised to make a $30 donation to Oregon Parks Forever for each new member who signs up during this period. So far, this has resulted in $172,300 in donations to Oregon Parks Forever!  We are very grateful to both NW Natural, and their SmartEnergy Customers. Learn more about the NW Natural Smart Energy Program.

Governor Barbara Roberts, Scott Bricker and Susan Hanson join our Advisory Council

We are pleased to welcome three new members to our Advisory Council. Governor Barbara Roberts was the first woman to serve as Governor of Oregon, Scott Bricker is the Interim Vice President of Destination Development at Travel Oregon, Susan Hanson is a retired ODOT community affairs and public information officer.

You can learn more about these folks, as well as the other members of our Advisory Council, on the Meet Our Team page of our website, under the Board of Trustees Tab.

Two New Sticker designs in the Oregon Parks Forever Store

We’ve just released two new sticker designs for you to find in our online store! As of now you can get designs for Heceta Head Lighthouse  and Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoints.

These two locations are among the most photographed, beautiful places on the Oregon Coast.

OPF-Funded Lighthouse Project
You may remember that Oregon Parks Forever helped fund restoration for lighthouses along the Oregon Coast back in 2006-2008, with Heceta Head Lighthouse among those that received support. Currently we are working to help fund restoration work at the historic B&B at Heceta Head. Donate to the Heceta Head B& B project.

More Circles in the Sand Coming
In a serendipitous moment, these two places will have something in common this month, as the Circles in the Sand from Face Rock will be coming to Heceta Beach for an encore performance on October 16th.
In Gratitude for your support,
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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. www.orparksforever.org.
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