Last month, the Oregon State Parks & Recreation Commission accepted a donation of nearly $40,000 from our organization for the construction of three additional hike/bike pods in state parks along the Oregon coast. The pods will be installed at three of the following five locations based on priority and feasibility: Beverly Beach in Newport, Beachside in Waldport, Honeyman in Florence, Sunset Bay in Coos Bay, or Humbug Mountain in Port Orford. Installation is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2022.
This brings the total number of bike pods funded by Oregon Parks Forever to nine–getting us closer to our goal of 11 hike/bike pods in coastal parks.
Double Your Impact with Workplace Giving
Did you know that on average, one in 10 companies match employee donations? Maybe your employer would match your gift to Oregon Parks Forever, allowing your contribution to have twice the impact?
Many companies provide this employee benefit and some even extend it to spouses and retirees. Then ask your employer about completing a matching gift form to double or even triple the impact of your gift!
Thank you for taking the extra step to see if your gift can be matched by your employer to enhance the experience in Oregon’s beloved parks!
Wapato Weed Warriors Partnership to Remove Blackberries
Wapato Access Greenway State Park on Sauvie Island, just north of Portland, ranks number one for wildlife habitat among Oregon State Park’s natural areas in the Willamette Valley. This park is home to many species of birds and mammals, however, several invasive plants have taken over areas of the park — including the invasive Himalayan blackberry. A local group of volunteers called the Wapato Weed Warriors, who have been stewarding the park for years, needed a new approach to this pesky plant. That’s when they reached out to our organization to partner together.
Please stay safe and be good to yourselves through this challenging time.
Seth Miller | Executive Director