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New trees planted at Grove of the States

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 in News & Press |

Last year, a motivated group of volunteers showed up to push wheelbarrows, swing shovels, and plant 20 replacement trees at the Grove of the States (located at French Prairie Rest Area southbound). Among the many volunteers were two members of the Oregon Travel Information Council (Chair Gwenn Baldwin and Mike Marsh) and OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza.
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Grove of the States Restoration Project

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 in News & Press |

What is this project about?

Oregon’s Grove of the States is located at the French Prairie Rest Area (southbound I-5 at Milepost 281), near Wilsonville. The Grove is believed to be the oldest arboretum of state trees in the US and was originally a collection of trees from 53 US states and territories. The concept for the Grove was conceived and implemented by former Oregon Attorney General Robert Thornton in the mid-1960s as a way …

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Gone but not forgotten – tree memorials

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 in News & Press, Newsletter |

Notable trees that once graced Oregon

There are notable trees aplenty in Oregon, and you may have visited some of them on weekend forays across the state. However, trees have finite lifetimes. They are vulnerable to disease, rot, weather or humankind incidents. While not all of the trees represented in the“tree memorial” are Oregon Heritage Trees, during their lifespans many were beloved in their communities and by tree aficionados.
We will be …

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Grove of the States Arborist Work Day

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 in News & Press |

Oregon’s Grove of the States enters active restoration phase

On November 11, 2016, a team of two dozen highly skilled volunteer arborists from four local companies sponsored a work day in Oregon’s Grove of the States to prepare the site for the next phase of its restoration.
Located at the southbound I-5 French Prairie Rest Area (at Milepost 281 near Wilsonville) the Grove is believed to be the oldest public arboretum of state …

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Rest Area Rules

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 in News & Press |

Learn what’s possible and what’s not

Oregon’s public rest area system has a lengthy history of welcoming travelers and providing safe clean facilities for motorists to refresh. At OTE managed rest areas, dedicated employees provide a range of services. From helping families find lost keys and pets to ensuring that the grounds are free from obstructions and hazards, our specialists are present during peak travel hours, seven days per week and …

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Grove of the States Sponsorships

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 in News & Press, Newsletter |

We are pleased to invite you to become a sponsor to Oregon’s Grove of the States. This is a unique opportunity to participate in the restoration and preservation of a historic Oregon arboretum with national roots. Download a copy of the Sponsor Letter (PDF).

What is the Grove of the States?

Located at the southbound I-5 French Prairie Rest Area (where over two million visitors stop each year), the Grove was conceived by former …

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Surge in Oregon road travel equals new business

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 in News & Press |

As the weather improves, Oregonians turn their thoughts towards outdoor activities. Many of these prospective vacationers will plan road trips far in advance—performing online research and outlining the perfect route to their chosen destinations. They’ll schedule stopping points for meals and driving breaks, and collect travel brochures and other tourism publications that invite them to explore nearby points of interest.
Many Americans  will take to the open highway this season during …

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Summer travels and Oregon rest areas

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 in News & Press |


Gear up for fun on Oregon roadways

We thought it might be easier to plan your Oregon road-trip if you know what our most common rest area amenities are and what to look for when you stop. You’ll find all that information and more, including traffic updates, below.


Among some of the more unusual features at Oregon rest areas to be found are:

Horse corrals On your way to Idaho in search of  famous …

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Lee Oak Heritage Tree Image Gallery

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 in News & Press |

The Lee Oak Heritage Tree in Canby, Oregon, was celebrated on April 8, 2016. A crowd of about 60 people attended, including four generations descended from Philander and Anna Lee, who planted the tree some 146 years ago.
Canby Mayor Brian Hodson, OTIC/OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza, Chair Carol Palmer of the Canby Historic Review Board, and members of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee gave presentations.
As the 68th tree to be …

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The 2016 Maynard Drawson Award winner

Posted on: March 28th, 2016 in News & Press |

Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee are pleased to announce the 2016 winner of the Maynard Drawson Memorial Award. Catherine Mushel, of Portland, Oregon, will receive the award during Portland’s Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend the presentation at the South Park Blocks arbor-event stage.