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Cottowood Can-you dig it?

August 1, 2013
John Day River flowing through Cottonwood Canyon State Park

John Day River flowing through Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Do you ever dream of being part of something special? Maybe, the opening of a new state park? To build a trail for future generations? Help deliver and develop interpretive programs? Plant trees that will restore the John Day River and one day provide shade for visitors? Or just help visitors enjoy 8,000 acres of terrain and sixteen miles along the banks of the John Day River in eastern Oregon?

Here is your chance. Cottonwood Canyon State Park is opening September 24th and we are looking for one maintenance and one day use/campground host willing to commit at least one month starting in October and November 2013 and then between March and November 2014. We also have room for individuals interested in interpretation, trail building, native plant restoration and (maybe) special construction projects. This new park is full of unique opportunities for involvement… but it might not be for everyone.

There is “remote” and then there is “Cottonwood remote”. There is no cell phone reception at the park and the closest town with full services is 40 minutes away. The park is still being developed and there are only young trees in the host site. We are in the desert and summers are very hot – temperatures have already hit a high of 112 this year and spring/fall can be cold. What we CAN offer is electricity to power on-site laundry, the AC and the heat!

With the remoteness of Cottonwood comes a special place in nature, one that Oregon State Parks is very excited about sharing with you. Even if you’re not interested in hosting, or just wondering what you are getting yourself into, come on out to Cottonwood Canyon State Park for a visit.

Please call the Park Ranger David Spangler for more information at 541-706-1633, or spend a few minutes reading about Cottonwood on the park blog.

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  1. Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser permalink
    August 3, 2013 8:05 am

    GREAT article on Cottonwood. Yes, I would love to be a part of opening up a new park. “Cottonwood Remote?!” I’d be so in.

    Nice work.

    Dorothy

    Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser
    Interpretive Park Ranger 3
    Tryon Creek State Natural Area
    11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97219

    Office: 503.636.9886, ext. 222
    Work Cell: 503.816.2898
    Email: dorothy.brown-kwaiser@state.or.us
    http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_144.php

    When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. If you’re going after Moby Dick, take along the tarter sauce. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

    >>> Volunteer Voice 8/1/2013 10:35 AM >>>

    State Parks Volunteer Services Team posted: ” Do you ever dream of being part of something special? Maybe, the opening of a new state park? To build a trail for future generations? Help deliver and develop interpretive programs? Plant trees that will restore the John Day River and one day provide”

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