Brief History Of Oregon State Parks Trust 2009 09 04
A BRIEF HISTORY OF OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST<br />By Dave Eshbaugh, Executive Director<br />Updated 10/2009<br />
OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST’S<br />MISSION IS…<br /><ul><li>…to preserve and enhanceOregon’s outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreation sites for the enjoyment of present and future generations. </li></li></ul><li>OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST<br />Oregon State Parks Trust is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing Oregon’s state parks.<br />
OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST:IN THE BEGINNING<br />Founded in 1995.<br />501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization.<br />Principal charitable purpose: “to acquire, obtain, and maintain funds or property for donation to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for public park or public recreation purposes.”<br />
AGREEMENT WITH OREGON PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT<br />Unique collaborative agreement, established 8/23/1995.<br />Modified in 2001 following Secretary of State’s audit.<br />Works in partnership with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, however the Trust is an independent nonprofit organization.<br />
OREGON STATE PARKS TRUSTFOUNDING TRUSTEES<br />William S. “Bill” Naito<br />Brian G. Booth<br />Nancy N. Russell<br />A. William “Bill” Sweet<br />Robert L. “Bob” Meinen<br />L. L. “Stub” Stewart<br />David G. Talbot<br />
OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST (1995)<br />After briefly being based in Portland, the Trust’s administrative office moves to Salem; Oregon Parks and Recreation Department provides office space<br />Jackie Franke is 1st Executive Director; also a part-time OPRD employee. <br />Jackie Franke<br />
YURTS IN STATE PARKS (1996)<br />Oregon State Parks Trust receives a $245,000 loan from Meyer Memorial Trust that is used to place yurts in state parks. <br />
SMITH ROCK STATE PARK (1997)<br />Provides $110,000 to purchase five acres to add to Smith Rock State Park.<br />
FAREWELL BEND STATE PARK (1997)<br />Provides $17,843 for handicapped-accessible fishing pier at Farewell Bend State Park.<br />
MEASURE 66 (1998)<br />Budget cutbacks were threatening state parks.<br />Measure 66 was a constitutional amendment that would dedicate15% of Oregon Lottery funds to state parks, beaches, habitat and watershed protection.<br />Passed in November 1998 with 69% approval. <br />Lottery funds now provide ~40% of OPRD’s biennial budget.<br />Must be reauthorized by 2014.<br />
OREGON STATE PARKS TRUSTRELOCATION OF OFFICES (2001)<br />In 2001, OSPT moves its offices from Salem to Bend.<br />Sharon Leighty is OSPT’s 2nd Executive Director.<br />Sharon Leighty<br />
PRIORITY CAMPAIGN:VISTA HOUSE AT CROWN POINT (2001-2006)<br />Goal: Raise funds to restore Vista House at Crown Point.<br />Chair: Mary V. Bishop.<br />Results: Provided $2.1 million for restorations and improvements, including adding ADA-accessibility (elevator & ramp) without damaging the historic architecture.<br />
OREGON STATE PARKS TRUSTOFFICE RELOCATION (2006)<br />In 2006, OSPT moves its offices from Bend to Portland.<br />Dave Eshbaugh beccomes 3rdExecutive Director.<br />Office space donated by David Evans & Associates.<br />
PRIORITY CAMPAIGN:KAM WAH CHUNG & CO. MUSEUM (2005-2008)<br />Goal: Raise funds to restore the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum.<br />Chair: Oregon First Lady Mary Oberst.<br />Results: Raised $1.5 million, Restored building, improved security and fire systems, inventoried artifact collections, and more.<br />
PRIORITY PROJECT:CHAMPOEG INTERPRETIVE EXHIBITS (2007-2008)<br />Goal: Raise funds to update Visitor Center interpretive displays and exhibits. <br />Chair: Greg Leo.<br />Results: Raised over $200,000 for new and improved exhibits. Reopened to the public in October 2008.<br />Champoeg State Heritage Area, Visitor Center<br />
PRIORITY CAMPAIGN:MARR RANCH PROPERTY ACQUISITION (2007-2009) <br />Goal: In collaboration with OPRD, purchase 62-acre property near Wallowa Lake.<br />Results: Raised $900,000 to purchase partial interest in property, now Iwetemlaykin SHS. Park to open to public in October 2009.<br />Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site<br />
RELATIONSHIP: OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST & OREGON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT<br />
OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST:GENERAL PRIORITIES<br />
OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST:PEOPLE<br />Governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees (currently 10 Directors & Officers).<br />Day-to-day operations carried out by 2 (1.9 FTE) paid staff.<br />Assisted by ~100 non-Board volunteers.<br />Supported annually by ~300-400 donors (individuals, businesses & foundations).<br />
OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST: CURRENT TRUSTEES<br />Chuck Sams, Secretary<br />Kristen Stram Pempel, Vice Chair<br />Mary Jane Guyer, Secretary<br />Lee Jimerson, Chair<br />Terry Armentrout<br />Ted Herzog<br />Bennett Burns<br />John Edmundson<br />Dan Skerritt<br />Jon Stride<br />
OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST: STAFF<br />Julie Miner, Office Manager<br />Dave Eshbaugh, Executive Director<br />
HOW YOU CAN HELP<br /><ul><li>Make a donation.
Encourage your friends, family & peers to make a donation.
Let us know about prospective volunteers and Trustees.
Visit our website & sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter.
Make a provision for Oregon State Parks Trust in your will or estate.
Become a member of the Board of the Oregon State Parks Trust.</li></li></ul><li>YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP OREGON STATE PARKS TRUST ACCOMPLISH ITS MISSION AND GOALS<br />“If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” <br />-Anita Roddick<br />
FOR MORE INFORMATION:OREGONSTATEPARKSTRUST.ORG<br />