Travel Oregon Requests Your Input For Expanding Outdoor Recreation In Oregon

In March 2017, Travel Oregon launched the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Initiative, a new statewide effort to bring together businesses, agencies, land managers, conservation groups and recreational user groups around the goal of expanding access to outdoor recreation and increasing the economic impact and sustainability of Oregon’s outdoor recreation economy.

To prepare for this launch, Travel Oregon convened the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Leadership Team from June 2016 to February 2017. The Leadership Team developed initial drafts of the 15-Year Vision, 5-Year Outcomes and 2-Year Strategies for the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Initiative.

We are now interested in hearing from Oregonians on what they would like to see improved to enhance outdoor recreation in Oregon. Additionally, we are seeking feedback on the priority strategies that have been proposed by the Leadership Team. To gather this information, we are  conducting five statewide public outreach meetings. In addition, we have also created a survey for this purpose.

We welcome you to provide your perspective by completing this online survey by Monday, May 22nd Date

Through this survey we hope to better understand what opportunities you see for expanding outdoor recreation in Oregon, along with any barriers you feel impede our ability as a collective to achieve a world-class and sustainable outdoor recreation industry for our state.

The findings from both the survey and the public outreach meetings will be shared with the Leadership Team and utilized to fine tune the direction of this initiative.

In the future, we plan to invite stakeholders to remain engaged with this initiative through regular gatherings and opportunities to work collaboratively on priority strategies.

Contact Information
Destination Development, Travel Oregon
Development@TravelOregon.com
971.717.6212

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Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

Salal is an evergreen, understory shrub found in coastal forests from British Columbia to southern California. It is identified by its shiny, dark green leaves and its purple-to-black, berry-like fruits. Lewis and Clark wrote about salal in their journals, a plant they first encountered on the Oregon Coast near Astoria in 1806. Long before these explorers discovered salal, however, Native Americans used this plant in a variety of ways, including as a medicine, food, dye and utensil. Wildlife including bears, deer, elk and beavers also enjoy salal.

Salal continues to be a good food source for humans today. The berries are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that prevent degeneration. Berries can be eaten fresh, added to smoothies, pies, jam and fruit leather. They are ripe during late summer – usually August and September. Keep an eye out for this plant next time you explore Oregon’s forests.