Oregon State Parks Foundation
Phone: (503) 802-5750 | Fax: (503) 802-5750
http://www.oregonstateparkstrust.org | email@example.com
Oregon State Parks Foundation (formerly named Oregon State Parks Trust) actively supports expansion and enhancement of Oregon's park system-- from protection of natural areas, to restoration and preservation of some of Oregon’s most prized historic monuments and places, to the establishment of interpretive and educational programs for the benefit of park visitors. Oregon State Parks Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds and building unique partnerships with individuals, businesses, and community organizations.
Oregon State Parks Foundation, working together with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, bought 62 acres near the town of Joseph, in northeastern Oregon.
The $4.1 million purchase of the property, which is adjacent to the Old Chief Joseph (Tuekakas) Cemetery site, provides permanent protection for noteworthy cultural and historical resources and important riparian areas along the Wallowa River.
OPRD funded $3.2 million of the purchase price from its acquisition budget, funded by dedicated money from Oregon Lottery profits. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Nez Perce Tribe each donated $300,000 to Oregon State Parks Foundation. The Foundation used those funds to pay the balance of the purchase price and now holds a 22% share of title to the land.
Now the Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site, it was the Governor's park-a-year for 2009. A public dedication and opening ceremony was held in October, 2009. Visitors to this new Oregon state park enjoy breathtaking vistas, trails (many portions of which are ADA-accessible), interpretive signs and information, and other visitor facilities.
In 2011, the Foundation was instrumental in obtaining funds to ensure the completion of Phase 1 of a multi-year project to develop Fort Yamhill State Park as a unique archeological site.