Responsible Messaging for Labor Day Weekend 

Did you know people are responsible for more than 70% of Oregon’s wildfires? This summer, in addition to COVID-19, Oregon is experiencing wildfires throughout the state. We know Oregonians and visitors are eager to spend time outside before the end of summer so we’ve provided resources to encourage those who plan to travel to do it safely and responsibly, to be good stewards of our land and to consider the health of our communities. Keep our wild places beautiful for generations to come — and prevent human-caused wildfires in Oregon:
  • Know restrictions before you go, including bans on ammunition, campfires and sky lanterns. Never use fireworks.
  • If campfires are allowed, make sure you set up and tend the fire properly. Extinguished fires should be cool to the touch.
  • Abide by trail and road closures.
  • Keep smoking to approved areas and dispose of cigarettes carefully.
  • Don’t drive or idle your vehicle over dry grass and make sure to get your car, motorcycle or ATV serviced before your trip.
  • Target shooting should be done in safe areas away from grass and flammable materials.
  • If you see somebody else not acting fire-safe, say something. Report all fires to 911.
Access Travel Oregon’s “What You Need To Know About Wildfires” resource page.
COVID-19 Messaging and Resources
The Governor's office is asking people to stay local:
On Sept. 1, Governor Brown extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency for 60 days. In alignment with the Governor’s Office, we’re encouraging those who plan to travel this holiday weekend to consider public safety and to wear face coverings.
Check Travel Oregon’s COVID-19 Toolkit for updates. 

Small Business Panel: Customer Communication in a Pandemic 

Register now to join us on Sept. 17 from 12-1 p.m. for a conversation with small business owners.
Communicating with customers amidst the turbulence of the pandemic can feel like an overwhelming challenge. Join us for a conversation with Oregon small business owners to learn how they rose to meet this challenge by creatively engaging their audience and providing clear and concise guidance on how to shop, visit and dine with them. Hear how these industry leaders make use of newsletters, websites, social media and in-store signage to tackle the challenges presented by physical distancing and gather ideas for how to adapt your communication strategies to be agile and responsive.
This webinar is the second of a Small Business Marketing Series being developed and hosted by Travel Oregon and is best suited for small and medium size businesses and destination management organizations. 
Photo by Timothy Sofranko/Visit McMinnville

Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund Grant Opportunity

The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee announced that they are now accepting applications for a second round of small grants from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund. Organizations interested in applying for grant funding can visit the committee's websiteThe deadline to apply is Oct. 21.
The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund is a public-private partnership that supports projects to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy and connect people with the outdoors. To date, the OCRF advisory committee has recommended funding eight projects for a total of just over $60,000. The Fish and Wildlife Commission will review those recommendations at their Sept. 11 meeting.
Questions about this opportunity should be addressed to

USDA Implements the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative, releasing new rates and terms that will help lenders apply for loan guarantees to support rural businesses, infrastructure and community facilities and increase private investments in rural America. Effective Oct. 1, USDA is providing guarantee percentages, annual fees, periodic retention fees and optional construction fees to help lenders apply for the agency’s four flagship loan guarantee programs. These programs are:
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